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CARES Act: Coronavirus Relief Fund

The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted on March 27, 2020. The $2 trillion relief package included $150 billion for the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), to assist States and local governments with populations above 500,000 address the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The State of California received an allocation of roughly $9.5 billion from the CARES Act CRF.

With a population of approximately 475,000, Long Beach was the largest California city to not receive a direct allocation from the Federal government through the CARES Act. The Mayor, City Council, and Legislative delegation successfully advocated to allocate a portion of the State’s CRF funds to cities through the State FY 2020-21 budget, passed on June 29, 2020. Long Beach was awarded $40.28 million in CRF dollars for COVID-19 response. These funds must be spent by December 30, 2020, according to U.S. Treasury guidelines.

Long Beach Program Funding

On July 14, 2020, the Long Beach City Council approved a spending plan for the City’s CRF allocation from the State. The general framework for funding prioritizes COVID-19 emergency response costs, community support, and business recovery and resiliency programs.

  • City COVID Response—$19,130,494: to offset the costs of City emergency response from March-December 2020, including staff costs not eligible for other funding sources such as FEMA reimbursement.
  • Community Support—$14,400,000: to invest in community needs, including congregate homeless sheltering, housing support, food and older adult resources, Black education health, mental health and domestic violence prevention, early childhood, youth workforce development, digital inclusion, and non-profit and arts community grants.
  • Business Recovery and Resiliency—$6,750,000: to support transition grants for small businesses and non-profits, supplies and technology for economic recovery, economic inclusion and equity programs, and open streets initiative.

Application Process

The City is in the process of preparing application materials for each funding opportunity. Each program funded through the City’s CRF allocation will be screened through a commitment to equity and inclusion, ensuring the programs benefit the entire community, particularly those who are most impacted by COVID-19. To determine potential eligibility, please refer to the following maps: COVID-19 cases, CDBG-eligible areas, EnviroScreen and Housing overcrowding. Additional details and eligibility requirements for each program are outlined below.  Certain CARES Act funding opportunities are now available. Visit the Vendors section below for additional information about available Requests for Proposals.

  • Residents

    Many CARES Act programs provide assistance and services to Long Beach residents through selected vendors. If you are a resident interested in receiving any of the resources listed below, please complete this RESIDENT INTEREST FORM or call the City’s info line at 562-570-INFO (4636). Your information will be forwarded to the appropriate staff and vendors managing the programs.

    Housing Condition Improvements

    • Certain housing conditions exacerbate illnesses related to COVID-19. Funds are available to residents for housing remediation services, including mold, air ventilation, and other code enforcement issues. 

    Food Insecurity and Meals

    • The City coordinates large food distribution events and a free home meal delivery service for older adults and residents at risk of COVID-19.

    Black Health Equity

    • Black residents suffer disproportionately from COVID-19. This program provides educational resources, outreach, and health support to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among Black residents.

    Older Adult Supports

    • For older adults who are sheltering at home, the City offers financial support for the purchase of black out curtains, transportation to cooling centers, food and medication delivery, mental health, and other medical resources.

    Mental Health and Domestic Violence Prevention

    • The COVID-19 pandemic has placed additional strains on the health and wellbeing of individuals and families. The City partners with agencies to provide access to mental health and domestic violence prevention support. See this resource guide for more info.

    Early Childhood Supports

    • The City supports early childhood education providers to increase access to these services for families impacted by COVID-19, including emergency supplies and grants for childcare subsidies.

    Youth Leadership & Ambassador Program

    • For low- to moderate-income families, the City offers youth leadership development opportunities to support COVID-19 outreach and education.

    Youth Programming

    • The City’s Parks, Recreation, and Marine Department offers innovative youth programming and resources during COVID-19, including community learning hubs to facilitate on-line instruction and after-school recreational activities.

    Digital Inclusion

    • The City’s Digital Inclusion Initiative launched the Digital Inclusion Resources Hotline as part of the CARES Act funding. Digital Inclusion Navigators are available to help Long Beach residents find information about local low-cost Internet service offers, computers and free digital literacy training classes. Assistance and language interpretation services are available for callers in Spanish. Additional interpretation services in Khmer are forthcoming. To speak to a Digital Inclusion Navigator, call (562) 570-7000 or email digitalinclusion@longbeach.gov

  • Businesses & Non-Profits

    The City utilizes CARES Act funding to provide direct relief and resources to businesses and non-profits. If you have any questions about the following programs, please call (562) 570-4BIZ (4249) or visit the Economic Development Department website.

    COVID-19 Small Business Transition & Technology Grants

    • The City offers grants to small businesses for working capital (up to $5,000 each) and touchless technology costs such as contactless payment systems (up to $2,000 each). +Learn More

    Non-Profit Relief Program

    • Non-profits whose operations have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may apply for grants that provide working capital and resources to retain staff and provide community services. +Learn More

    Business Improvement Districts Grant Program

    • The City partners with Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) to strengthen small businesses and revitalize commercial corridors within select service areas during COVID-19. Contact your BID association to see what programs are available.

    Open Streets Initiative

    • In an effort to assist businesses during COVID-19, the City’s Open Streets Initiative repurposes public space for dining, customer queuing, and vehicle loading. If you are interested, please review the available options and eligibility outlined in the Open Streets Temporary Parklets Toolkit before completing the Interest Form.

    Arts Organizations

    • Arts organizations and artists are eligible for grants through the City’s CARES Act funding. The largest arts institutions in the City receive direct funding, while smaller organizations and artists may apply for grants through the Arts Council for Long Beach.

    Small Business and Non-Profit PPE Distribution Program

    • Many small businesses including non-profits have closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City offers free personal protective equipment (PPE) for businesses and organizations to meet health requirements for reopening. +Learn More

  • Vendors & Service Providers

    The City seeks to contract with local service providers to offer the community resources listed below. If your organization provides the following services and would like to be considered, please complete this VENDOR INTEREST FORM.

    Requests for Proposals (RFP) will be posted on Planet Bids as available. Please visit the Purchasing Division’s website to learn more about how to register as a Vendor with the City and apply for CARES Act programs. For questions regarding open RFP opportunities, submit all inquiries to William Reyes at rfppurchasing@longbeach.gov or 562-570-5664.

    Open RFPs:

    • RFP HE21-010 – The City is accepting proposals for the Youth Leadership CARES Act program offering peer navigation and mentoring. Deadline is November 8, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

    Housing Condition Improvements

    • The City will contract with a service provider to remediate housing conditions that contribute to the spread of COVID-19, such as low air ventilation, water intrusion, mold, and old carpeting.

    Basic Needs Warm Line

    • The City currently operates an information line to connect older adults to various resources and services for COVID-19. The line will be expanded to become the “LB Resource Line” connecting all residents in Long Beach to resources such as food, housing, medical supplies, mental health, and child care. The City is looking for agencies to support live calls, conduct resource navigation, and case management for callers with complex needs.

    Food Insecurity and Meals

    • The City has allocated $1.5 million in CARES Act funding for the following grocery and meal delivery efforts to residents impacted by COVID-19:

      • Conducting program outreach, eligibility screening, and enrollment;
      • Grocery procurement and/or meal preparation and packaging; and,
      • Food delivery.
    • The City continues to develop strategies to increase food access at the neighborhood level and will release additional RFPs, funded by the CARES Act, for local markets and community-supported agriculture projects.

    Black Health Equity

    • The Black Health Equity Community Coalition is an empowerment model to promote health education and equity in Long Beach. This program requires contracting with medical providers and community partners to provide gap healthcare services and conduct outreach to mitigate the risk, transmission, and spread of COVID-19 among Black residents.
    • Black Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling (20 awards available): The City is accepting proposals to connect uninsured and underinsured Black Long Beach residents experiencing mental health or substance use concerns to behavioral health services. Selected service providers will develop culturally affirming mental health services to COVID-impacted residents.

    Older Adult Supports

    • The City is accepting proposals for the administration of services and supports for older adults within three scope areas:

      • Administering in-home cooling supports to withstand extreme heat (one-award available): Provide resources such as black-out curtains or air-conditioning units to eligible older adults who are most at-risk for COVID-19 and choosing to physically isolate for their safety.   
      • Conducting outreach and education (multiple awards): Provide information to older adults to help keep them safe, informed, and connected during COVID-19.
      • Providing services to reduce social isolation and loneliness (multiple awards): Engage older adults in activities to improve mental health and quality of life.

    Mental Health and Domestic Violence Prevention

    • Telehealth Licenses (multiple awards available to mental health providers): Mental health providers are invited to subscribe to a telehealth license to administer mental health services over an online platform. This will increase mental health access to Long Beach residents who are uninsured or under-insured, while adhering to Safer-At-Home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonprofits must currently lack a telehealth subscription to qualify. Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis. +Learn More
    • Mental Health Awareness Campaign (one award available): Develop and implement a mental health awareness campaign to encourage people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic fallout to seek mental health therapy and treatment.
    • Domestic Violence (multiple awards available): Provide services to victims or survivors of domestic abuse such as improving access to mental health counseling, emergency housing vouchers, and assistance with sheltering. Nonprofit organizations that provide referrals to domestic violence agencies are also eligible to apply.

    Public Health Case Management

    • The City will contract with a technology provider to manage COVID-19 data and facilitate a coordinated response by streamlining intake; quickly determining eligibility for social, economic, and health related services; and allowing for interoperability to coordinate referrals to needed care and support systems.

    Early Childhood Supports

    • This program will support the purchase and delivery of developmental and emergency supplies (e.g., diapers, formula, and PPE), expansion of early childhood education sites to accommodate physical distancing requirements, and grants to early childhood service providers.

    Non-Profit Relief

    • The City is accepting proposals for Non-Profit Direct Services to support populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Non-profit organizations that serve Latinx, Cambodian, Asian Pacific Islander, low-income LGBTQ+ community members, low-income youth, and people with disabilities are sought to perform one or more of the following activities:

      • Conduct outreach, engagement, education, and connection to COVID-19 testing;
      • Provide health education about COVID-19 prevention;
      • Provide direct case management and systems navigation as needed to COVID-19-related health, social services, basic needs, and other supports;
      • Provide coordinated responses, such as multi-sector collaboration, to support communities of color impacted by COVID-19; and,
      • Provide connection to violence prevention efforts and mental health services to ensure family safety.

    Digital Inclusion

    • City staff are in the process of reviewing proposal responses from community-based organizations and for-profit organizations for the following programs. Official funding award announcements are forthcoming.

      • Administering Digital Inclusion Resources and Services (one award available): administering free Internet services and computing devices; lending computing devices and hotspots; providing technical support for computing devices and hotspots administered; developing multilingual outreach materials to promote resources and services; implementing communications efforts to promote resources and services; and implementing virtual digital literacy training classes.
      • Digital Inclusion Navigators Program (up to two awards available): to staff the Digital Inclusion Resources Hotline and provide real-time Khmer and Spanish interpretation. 
      • Digital Inclusion Community Outreach Program (multiple awards available): implement community outreach efforts to promote and connect digital inclusion resources and services to communities most in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
      • Multilingual Digital Inclusion Resource Guides (one award available): develop an online and hardcopy digital inclusion resource guide.

    Youth Leadership

    • The Youth Leadership program is focused on providing social connectedness, mentoring, and well-being supportive services to youth ages 10-24 most impacted by COVID-19. Eligible youth-centered non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply. Scope Areas include:

      • Peer navigation to increase COVID-19 awareness and education, testing and linkage to supportive services to improve the social, emotional and physical health of youth; and,
      • Increase social connectedness and spaces (either physical or online), such as mentoring programs among other models.