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After a decade of struggles, Mental Health America breaks ground on new Long Beach center

Release Date: 2017-09-22

After a decade of often acrimonious debate, money issues and political maneuvering, Mental Health America broke ground Friday on a new comprehensive health and service center for the homeless in Long Beach.

David Pilon, president and CEO of MHA, has been there through it all.

“We’ve had our ups and downs, that’s for sure,” Pilon said. “There were moments when I didn’t think it was going to happen.”

The city received pushback when plans were announced to build a mental health center for the homeless, run by MHA, next to the Department of Health and Human Services headquarters at Willow Street and Grand Avenue. That plan, released in 2007, was part of the proposal to turn the Army National Guard center there, Schroeder Hall, into the East Division Police Substation.

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