PRESS RELEASE

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

12/21/2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:122117A
Subject:
United States Veterans Initiative to Operate Winter Shelter in North Long Beach
Contact:
Teresa Chandler, Human Services Bureau Manager
Department of Health and Human Services
562.570.4011
Teresa.Chandler@longbeach.gov




The nonprofit organization, United States Veterans Initiative, will be the provider for the 2017-2018 Winter Shelter Program for Service Planning Area (SPA) 8. They were selected by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), the administrative authority responsible for selecting the winter shelter operator.  The Winter Shelter, located at the North Neighborhood Library, will open on December 21, 2017 and will operate through March 31, 2018.  Other local year-round shelters include the Long Beach Rescue Mission, Project Achieve, Catholic Charities and Lydia House.

“The Winter Shelter Program provides much needed temporary shelter for individuals living on the streets during cold and rainy weather,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The shelter not only provides a safe place to sleep, but links individuals to services and resources to help them rebuild their lives.”

The shelter will operate daily between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.  In the event of rainy weather, the operator may extend the hours. Once checked into the shelter, participants cannot exit and enter at-will.  The shelter will not accept walk-ins. Participants must be transported to and from the shelter from designated pick up/drop off areas.

Pick up Locations

Address

Time

Channel St. Park & Ride

110 Underpass/Channel St., San Pedro

4:15 p.m.

Long Beach Multi-Service Center

1301 W. 12th St., Long Beach

5:15 p.m.

Arrival at Winter Shelter

6:15 p.m.

     

Drop Off Locations

Address

Time

Depart Winter Shelter

6:15 a.m.

Long Beach Multi-Service Center

1301 W. 12th St., Long Beach

7:15 a.m.

Channel St. Park & Ride

110 Underpass/Channel St., San Pedro

8:15 a.m.

 “There is a serious need in the City of Long Beach to provide a shelter during these inclement winter months,” said Councilmember Al Austin. “The old North Library located in District 8, will be utilized as the Winter Shelter location for this year. We are proud that our city will have this resource to serve those most in need and save human lives over the next few weeks.”

Throughout the year, staff from the City’s Homeless Services Division and its community partners canvass Long Beach daily, engaging people who are homeless and offering emergency shelter, transportation, access to service providers, and opportunities for housing. The City also leads the Long Beach Continuum of Care (CoC) which collaborates with multiple partners, including business and neighborhood associations, nonprofit and faith-based agencies, and medical and educational institutions, to proactively address homelessness.

The Multi-Service Center, which serves as the coordinated entry for homeless services citywide, provided nearly 16,000 individual contacts in 2017, linking individuals to comprehensive services including shelter services, connection to mainstream benefits, mental health, medical care, employment, childcare, veteran benefits, housing linkage, prevention services and access to mail service and shower facilities.  The Multi-Service Center also serves as one of the primary access points to the Winter Shelter Program and facilitates shower services for shelter attendees.

On December 5, 2017, City Council voted to adopt a resolution authorizing the operation of a winter shelter in North Long Beach.

SPA 8 is the southernmost part of Los Angeles County that serves the communities of Athens, Avalon, Carson, Catalina Island, El Segundo, Gardena, Harbor City, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lennox, Long Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Dominguez, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, San Pedro, Wilmington, and others.

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