PRESS RELEASE

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

2/1/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:020118
Subject:
Long Beach Continuum of Care Receives Over $8 Million from HUD to Address Homelessness
Contact:
Kelly Colopy, Director
Department of Health and Human Services
562.570.4016
Kelly.Colopy@longbeach.gov




The City of Long Beach was awarded a total of $8,185,190 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to continue providing services and housing for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness. The system of service delivery is known as the Long Beach Continuum of Care (CoC).

“Homelessness is one of the top priority issues we continue to address day in and day out,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.  “Long Beach has been committed since inception of the HUD funding to address the need within the community. This work would not be possible without the incredible network of community partners, the dedicated departments within the City including the Health, Police, Fire, Parks and Public Works Departments, and the ongoing outreach efforts that extend across every mile of Long Beach.”

The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the lead agency for the CoC. Upon receipt of the awarded dollars, the DHHS subcontracts to 13 community agencies through a Request for Proposals process. These agencies provide supportive services such as workforce development and case management, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing for those who are experiencing homelessness throughout Long Beach.

The $8,185,190 is renewal funding to continue services that have been utilized to serve Long Beach for over 15 years, and is $543,925 more than last year’s. The funding period for these competitive grant awards is from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Another continued accomplishment for the Long Beach CoC is retaining the status as a Unified Funding Agency (UFA), which allows the CoC to make changes to its funding allocation across projects to better address local needs. There are over 460 Continuum of Care designations across the nation and, out of those, only five are awarded as Unified Funding Agencies.

“With the continued UFA designation, we are able to cater our local services to fit the needs of the Long Beach constituency,” said Kelly Colopy, Director of Health and Human Services. “We are also able to leverage this funding with other sources, including the County Measure H sales tax that passed last March, to increase the capacity to support those who are experiencing homelessness. Our system of care is recognized as a national model.”  

The CoC strategy aligns with the City’s Consolidated Plan and Housing Element components in relation to housing and services for special needs populations.  Examples of other community resources that contribute to the CoC portfolio include: Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), HOME, the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8), the Mental Health Services Act, Veterans funding and other government, private, and foundation funds. The local CoC system, combined with all of its nonprofit partner agencies, leverages funds to promote a seamless service delivery model.

These services are coordinated through the Multi-Service Center (MSC), which operates as the CoC’s coordinated entry system providing intake and assessment. The MSC, located at 1301 W. 12th Street in Long Beach, averages 13,000 client visits annually, making it the primary point of entry for men, women, and families seeking assistance throughout the City.

To request assistance or ask questions regarding homeless services, please contact the Multi-Service Center at 562.570.4500.

About Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services

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