City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
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Long Beach, CA 90802
Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach has opened a temporary housing shelter at Silverado Park, located at 1545 W. 31st St., to provide additional, temporary housing to persons experiencing homelessness in the City during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are committed to providing shelter to the most vulnerable members of our community in a way that allows for social distancing, especially during this public health crisis,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I am so proud of our City Team working around the clock to provide much needed support to those in need, and our City Council for supporting this important work.”
The Silverado Park shelter is the first of several temporary shelters being set up to serve vulnerable populations to address the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. The 24-7 shelter will house approximately 50 people in the main room, with appropriate social distancing space between each cot, and seven additional people in a separate isolation room to be used as-needed.
A mandatory health screening will be provided to all people prior to entry into the shelter, and people will be encouraged to follow the shelter in place model to maximize safety for shelter residents. UPDATED: 4/01/20: In order to receive services, individuals must first visit the Multi-Service Center, located at 1301 W. 12th Street, to complete the shelter assessment and health screening. After the health screening is completed, individuals will be shuttled to the shelter location.
The Silverado Park shelter will offer triage assessments, meals, snacks, recreation with social distancing and additional social service resources as needed.
Funding for the shelters is provided by the State of California’s emergency aid to local governments, issued by Governor Newsom specifically to protect Californians experiencing homelessness. The Silverado Park shelter is operated by City staff, volunteers, and staff from nonprofit providers. The City plans to partner with other shelter-providing agencies for future shelter locations.
Other locations, including motels and other public spaces in the City, are also being explored as possible temporary shelter locations in an extensive effort to provide as much shelter to those in need as possible.
Additionally, the Winter Shelter, originally scheduled to close on March 31, has extended its operations through September 30. On April 1, 2020, the Winter Shelter will move from its current location at 1718 and 1722 Hayes Ave. to a larger facility at the old North Long Beach Library, located at 5571 Orange Ave., to comply with social distancing. The new location will provide shelter to 80 additional people who otherwise would not have shelter during this time. Once the Winter Shelter is fully moved to its new location, the existing facility will be transitioned into another temporary shelter location operated by the City of Long Beach, and will provide shelter to approximately 60 to 70 additional people.
For more information about shelter operations, call (562) 570-9328.
For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep its residents safe, visit www.longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.