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HOMELESS SERVICES DIVISION
The Homeless Services Division (HSD) is the Lead Agency fulfilling the local administrative and planning functions for Long Beach CoC programs, between the City of Long Beach and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The HSD is also the grantee for CoC programs and draws upon the Homeless Services Advisory Committee (HSAC), CoC Board, and CoC General Membership for policy, program and funding recommendations to the Long Beach City Council.
The HSD provides staff support to the City Council, HSAC, CoC Board, and CoC General Membership. The HSD acts as the Collaborative Applicant for the CoC and acts as the Unified Funding Agency for the CoC. The HSD serves as the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Lead entity ensuring consistent participation by the recipient (HSD) and subrecipients, as indicated in the HMIS policies and procedures, and compliance with HUD requirements for the HMIS. The HSD administers the Emergency Solutions Grant in conjunction with the City of Long Beach Department of Development Services. The HSD implements the requirements of the HEARTH Act and applicable federal regulations as mandated by HUD.
THE MULTI-SERVICE CENTER
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.