PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

9/18/2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 91823-01
Subject:
Long Beach Increases Homeless Service Outreach with Deployment of Second Mobile Access Center and Additional Service Locations
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
562.570.NEWS
JIC@longbeach.gov





The City of Long Beach launched its second Mobile Access Center (MAC) today, Monday, Sept. 18, 2023. The MAC significantly lowers barriers to providing case management services and other resources for people experiencing homelessness, as it allows the City’s Homeless Services Bureau outreach staff to conduct meaningful engagement and relationship building and start the intake process right on the street. The deployment of the second MAC will double the number service areas throughout Long Beach, from eight to 16, available weekday mornings and afternoons during select times.   

“We’re proud to continue offering access to life-changing services and connections to resources through our Mobile Access Centers,” said Mayor Rex Richardson. “The deployment of the second MAC will allow us to engage with and assist even more people experiencing homelessness.” 

The schedule below reflects the new schedule, inclusive of both MAC vehicles, beginning Monday, Sept. 18. 

MAC vehicles will be stationed at the following locations from 9 a.m. to noon: 

  • Mondays
    • MacArthur Park (1321 E. Anaheim St.) near the basketball courts
    • Orizaba Park (1435 Orizaba Ave.) parking spots located along Orizaba Avenue
  • Tuesdays
    • Christian Outreach in Action (515 E. 3rd St.), parked on Linden Avenue
    • Scherer Park (4600 Long Beach Blvd.), parked on the east side of the park in the parking lot off Atlantic Avenue near the Long Beach Police Department North Division Station 
  • Wednesdays
    • In the area of Billie Jean King Main Library (200 W. Broadway) and Lincoln Park, parked on Ocean Boulevard
    • In the area of the South Street and Cherry Avenue intersection, parked near the northeast corner of the intersection off South Street
  • Thursdays
    • Drake/Chavez Soccer Fields (903-999 Fairbanks Ave.); the van will be parked facing Los Angeles River near the parking lot located on De Forest Avenue just south of the soccer fields
    • Houghton Park (6301 Myrtle Ave.), Atlantic Avenue side of the park
  • Fridays
    • Alamitos Beach Parking Lot near the south end of the parking lot, at Shoreline Drive and Beach Access Road
    • Bixby Park (130 Cherry Ave.), parked near the corner of Cherry Avenue and East 1st Street

MAC vehicles will also be stationed from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the locations below:

  • Mondays
    • Traffic Circle, in the area of Ximeno Avenue and East Atherton Street. Van will be parked on Ximeno Avenue
    • In the area of Billie Jean King Main Library (200 W. Broadway) and Lincoln Park, parked on Ocean Boulevard
  • Tuesdays
    • Houghton Park (6301 Myrtle Ave.), Atlantic Avenue side of the park
    • Granada Beach Parking Lot (5100 E. Ocean Blvd.), parked near Roycroft Avenue and Ocean Boulevard
  • Wednesdays
    • 6th Street and Long Beach Boulevard, on 6th Street between Long Beach Boulevard and Elm Avenue
    • Heartwell Park (5801 Parkcrest St.), parked in the parking lot of East Carson Street between Woodruff Avenue and North Bellflower Boulevard

As of Sept. 12, the MAC has 2,225 recorded engagements with people experiencing homelessness, and of those engagements, services have been provided to 1,275 people, including referral and transport to shelter, enrollment into the homeless services system, connections to community resources and basic services. 

For more information on the City’s efforts to reduce homelessness in Long Beach, people may visit longbeach.gov/homelessness and follow @lbhealthdept and @longbeachcity on social media and follow the hashtag #EveryoneHomeLB. 

Media inquiries may be directed to City of Long Beach Joint Information Center at 562.570.NEWS or JIC@longbeach.gov