Neighbors have been clear that homeless needs to continue to be a top priority for me, the City, and other government agencies. As you know, homelessness is not just local- to be effective we need a regional approach. It's a big issue that needs to be solved on person at a time. They need more than just housing; they need services and often medical support. There's all sorts of laws and rules in place that add to the hoops and hurdles we have to jump through, and though we have much more work to do, Long Beach is making strides like never before.
Long Beach's Homeless Services outreach teams and LBPD Quality of Life officers reach out to individuals and encampments on a daily basis, including those encampments which are located in Caltrans and LA County Flood Control areas. Our teams are working to reach out to all homeless individuals in the city, not just the ones in encampments we recieve reports about. I am constantly asking for areas to be addressed though we haven't received a resident complaint regarding the area. These contacts are critical as each individual has different needs in terms of connections to build trust to accept help - it takes months, if not years to get the trust of some of these folks to get them off the streets. The courts have stated governments can't "shoo" them away, harras or arrest them. We're doing all we can within the law, and the process can be slow and fustrating, but we continue to make contacts, offer services, and notice them when their area must be evacuatedfor clean-up, but they return, sometimes within hours.
My office team has put together a Community Homeless Forum that will be happening Wednesday, July 14th from 5:30pm to 7pm. If you would like to participate, RSVP and login/call-in instructions will be sent closer to the date. For now, you can find any resources related to homelessness on this page!
How you can help!
- Give a hand up! Participate in local Food & Clothing Volunteer Programs
- Give in-kind to the Multi-Service Center
- See their Amazon wish list for basic need health and hygiene items for family and individuals experiencing homelessness.
- Host a donation drive for back to school supplies and school uniforms, gift certificates to local grocery stores, or create hygiene or welcome home kits.
- Donations may be dropped off at 1301 W 12th St, 90813. Call 562-570-4500 for any questions.
- Donate to The Mayors Fund to End Homelessness!
- If someone you know needs assistance, call the Multi-Service Center Hotline at 562-570-4MSC (4672) or visit the Homeless Services assistance resource page.
Latest in Adressing Encampments
- February 2021- A City Manager Memo was released that speaks on homeless-related encampment clean-ups and what the City is doing to address the need.
- January 2021- Caltrans updated their COVID-19 policy response and guidelines to resume modified encampment clean-ups after a moratorium was put in place due to the pandemic. Our office and the City continues to advocate for additional clean-ups and other maintenance issues on the I-405/I-605 freewayson/off ramps in Caltrans District 7. When clean-ups ae scheduled, Caltrans woks with regional partners and performs a 14 day noticing period to vacate their belongings while offering direct services prior to and during the clean-up. Find more information on how to report issues to Caltrans under Who Is In Charge of What? headline below.
- November 2020- I led an approved council agenda item to direct the City Manager to seek approval, access and reimbursement from Caltrans and all other appropriate agencies so that the City can perform needed maintenance and clean-ups of these areas in the most efficient, cost effective, and expeditious way possible.
- March 2020- An exemption process to allow for encampment clean-ups in Los Angeles County Flood Control areas was established under guidance from L.A. County Chief Executive Office after a County-wide moratorium on encampment clean-ups was put in to effect. Clean-up processes resumed to address high-need areas and to maintain the health and safety of surrounding communities. The county also performs a 14 day noticing period to vace their belongings while offering direct services and outreach. Find more information on how to report issues to Los Angeles Department of Public Works under the Who Is In Charge of What? headline below.
- March 2020- The City of Long Beach continues to perform encampment clean-ups under our local Safer at Home Health Order within our own City jurisdiction and works with regional partners to address areas outside of City boundaries. The City performs a 48 hour noticing period to vacate their belongings while offering direct services and outreach.
- January 2019- An Inter-Jurisdictional Collaborative (IJC) pilot program was created to address homelessness and its impacts to areas with overlapping jurisdictions (e.g., along riverbeds, under bridges, along freeway on/off ramps, etc.) to increase effectiveness in service and response times with regional partners. The IJC partners include, but are not limited to:
- Long Beach Interdepartmental Team: LBPD, Fire, Multi-Service Center Outreach Network, and Public Works
- Regional Partners: Los Angeles County Public Works, Caltrans, LA County Sheriff's Department, Supervisor Hahn's staff overseeing homelessness, Southern California Edison, etc.
Latest in Supportive Programming and Community Action
- April 2021- Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert recently announced that he is expanding his office's diversion programming- for evey person who is suspected of committing a misdemeanor in the City abd who shows signs of mental illness or substance abuse, they will be considered for rehabilitation or shelter housing instead of jail time in order to break the cycle of repeat offenders.
- February 2021- The Long Beach Recovery Act was passed unanimously by City Council and included $12 million in future funding to assist people experiencing homelessness by investing in new modular temporary shelters, additional housing options, mobile outreach programs, accessible restrooms and showers, and further investements in workforce and social enterprise programs.
- December 2020- The City of Long Beach was awarded nearly $16.7 million in state funding for Project Homekey, California's $600 million program o purchase and rehabilitate housing - including hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings and other properties - and convert them into permanent, long-term housing for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.
- October 2020- The City unveiled the new permanent New Atlantic Farms Bridge Housing Community shelter complex in North Long Beach.
- March/April 2020- City Council approved recommended actions for Tenant Assistance Policies to help residents at-risk of eviction or foreclosure due to economic hardships from COVID-19.
- March 2020- Long Beach launched the Safe Parking Program to provide a safe place to park overnight for individuals who are residing in their cars, with access to basic amenities and social service programs that will assist with a transition to permanent housing.
- January 2020- Long Beach conducted the 2020 Point-in-Time Homeless Count. The report findings showed a year-over-year increase. While this signified a 7% increase in our homeless population from the prior year, the population remained 29% below the prior 2013 count.
- November 2018- Everyone Home Long Beach Task Force presents a comprehensive set of recommendations to the Mayor and City Council.
- May 2018- Long Beach lanches the Everyone Home Long Beach initiative, a citywide plan to address the statewide homelessness crisis and its effects on Long Beach.
Latest in Judicial Rulings
Martin v. City of Boise
- In a case brought forward by the National Homelessness Law Center, the court ruled that homeless persons cannot be punished for sleeping outside on public property in the absence of adequate alternatives.
Mitchell v. City of Los Angeles
- A case settled by the L.A. City Council filed by four homeless residents who claimed that police officers had confiscated and destroyed their personal possessions without due process.
Lyall v. County of Denver
- A class action lawsuit ruled in favor of the plantiffs regarding removal of personal belongings during encapment sweeps without due process.
As these legal restrictions are decided, Long Beach City departments continue to update our own procedural processes to account for the changes. We also continue to seek alternate/creative solutions to help with the underlying root cause of homelessness while maintaining best practices for the health and safety of our surrounding communities.
County Measure H
State & County Interjurisdictional Areas
Caltrans: I-405 and I-605 Freeways on/off Ramps
- Caltrans Website
- District Map
- Submit a Service Request
- The District 7 Office (for the majority of our I-405/I-605 on/off ramps)
- The District 12 Office (for the I-605 Willow St. on/off ramp)
Public Works of Los Angeles County: County Flood Control Areas, San Gabriel River (SGR) & Los Coyotes Creek (LCC)
- Website & District Map
- Submit a Service Request
- L.A. County DPW Headquarters
- 626-458-5100 or
- 800-657-HELP (4357) for urgent request
State & County Representatives
Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell, AD 70 Assembly District
Senator Lena Gonzalez, SD 33 Senate District
Senator Tom Umberg, SD 34 Senate District
- Measure H
- Los Angeles Field Office, 213-894-8000
- Laurie Cannady Udit, Field Office Director
Multi-Service Center, Long Beach
- Phone: 562-570-4500
- Street Outreach Hotline: 562-570-4MSC (672)
Growing Our Shelter Capacity
City Operates Shelters
- Atlantic Farms Bridge Housing Community at 6841-6845 Atlantic Ave (125 beds)
- Emergency Shelters (125 beds total):
Hotel & Motel Conversions
- Former Holiday Inn at 1133 Atlantic Ave (135 Units)
- Former Motel 6 on 5665 E 7th St (43 Units)
- Former Best Westren at 1725 Long Beach Blvd (102 Units)