PRESS RELEASE

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

1/3/2024
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 010324-4
Subject:
Long Beach’s Mobile Access Centers to Continue Homeless Services Outreach Throughout January
Flu vaccine available on January 11 at NAACP Freedom Park’s MAC service location
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
562.570.NEWS
JIC@longbeach.gov





Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach will continue to deploy its Mobile Access Centers (MAC) in select Long Beach areas weekdays throughout January, with new service locations in the Downtown area. The MAC vehicles significantly lower 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.

Throughout January, 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 courtson Warren Avenue (west side of park)
  • Willow Street Metro Station (200 E. 27th St.), E. 27th Street turnaround near the shopping center
  • Note: MACs will not operate on Monday, Jan. 15 due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday

Tuesdays

  • Christian Outreach in Action (515 E. 3rd St.), parked on Linden Avenue
  • Alamitos Beach Parking Lot near the south end of the parking lot, at Shoreline Drive and Beach Access Road

Wednesdays

  • In the area of Billie Jean King Main Library (200 W. Broadway) and Lincoln Park, parked on Ocean Boulevard in Downtown
  • MacArthur Park (1321 E. Anaheim St.), near the basketball courtson Warren Avenue (west side of park)

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
    • Note: The MAC will not operate on Thursday, Jan. 4 due to staff training.
  • NAACP Freedom Park (2300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.)

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

  • Harvey Milk Park (212 E. 3rd St.) in Downtown
  • In the area of Billie Jean King Main Library (200 W. Broadway) and Lincoln Park, parked on Ocean Boulevard in Downtown
  • Note: MACs will not operate on Monday, Jan. 15 due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday

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

Health Department staff will also offer flu vaccine for MAC patrons from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, at NAACP Freedom Park (2300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.).

As of Dec. 29, MAC vehicles have encountered and offered services in December to 406 people who are experiencing homelessness. In total throughout 2023, the MACs have 3,675 recorded engagements with people experiencing homelessness, and of those engagements, 2,077 services have been provided, including referral and transport to shelter, enrollment into the homeless services system, connections to community resources and basic services. To date, 1,174 people have enrolled as MAC program participants to receive ongoing case management support.

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.