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Since 1995, the Long Beach Health Department has led the Long Beach Continuum of Care (CoC), a local planning body funded by HUD that coordinates housing and services funding for homeless families and individuals. It is the second largest of the four CoCs in Los Angeles County.


Led by the Long Beach Health Department, the Multi-Service Center (MSC) facility houses 12 public and private partner organizations working together to promote self-sufficiency and rebuild the lives of those experiencing homelessness. Annually, the MSC averages 26,000 client visits, making this facility the primary point of entry for persons seeking homeless services assistance in Long Beach.  Services range from basic amenities of shower, laundry, mail and message center, to street outreach, van shuttle, transportation, medical care, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, HIV/AIDS services, integrated case management, and housing coordination. The mission of the MSC is to provide comprehensive supportive services to promote progress towards permanent housing and self-sufficiency, by creating a community where health, safety, and well-being are established.



The Long Beach Health Department conducts homeless enumerations every two years during the last Thursday of January. Collecting good data on the number, characteristics, and service needs of individuals, families, and unaccompanied children experiencing homelessness is a critical component of local homeless planning and program development. Accurate data helps the Long Beach CoC to understand changes in trends among homeless populations; adjust the types of programs and services available according to need and use resources as efficiently as possible; comply with reporting requirements; and measure community progress towards preventing and ending homelessness.

Everyone Counts! 2019 - January 24, 2019

The City of Long Beach, Department of Health and Human Services (Long Beach Health Department) will be conducting the ninth biennial homeless enumeration on January 24, 2019.  The biennial survey will require more than 400 agency staff and volunteers to conduct the citywide street and service-based count process.  2017 Homeless Count Comparison  2019 Homeless Count Fact Sheet and Volunteer Registration


The Long Beach Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a computer application that records client-level information on the characteristics and service needs of homeless persons served by the Long Beach CoC. HMIS is a valuable resource because of its capacity to integrate and unduplicate data from homeless assistance and homeless prevention programs within the CoC. This technology helps the Long Beach CoC to improve service delivery, better understand homelessness, and evaluate the effectiveness of services.

If you would like to request this information in an alternative format, please call (562) 570-4176.

Esta información está disponible en un formato alternativo por petición a la División de Servicios para Desamparados en (562) 570-4176.