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Mayor’s Fund For Homeless Action | Physical Donations | Volunteer/Pro Bono Services | Homeless Services Advisory Committee | Continuum of Care | Homeless Count

There are several ways to help. Donate dollars or goods, volunteer your time and participate in meetings. Here’s how you can get involved.                                        

MAYOR’S FUND FOR HOMELESS ACTION

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The City of Long Beach works in collaboration with non-profit and other community partners to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness in the area. Through the City's model Continuum of Care system, sites such as the Multi-Service Center and Mental Health America of Los Angeles have been able to work together to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness to achieve self-sufficiency. However, there is still much work to be done.  

The Mayor’s Fund For Homeless Action (Mayor’s Fund) provides small grants to organizations in Long Beach that address significant service delivery needs that are not covered by existing funding and are not considered emergency needs. Donations to this fund could support a variety of critical needs, including:  

  • Relocation Assistance
  • Shelter Services 
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Critical infrastructure improvements and repairs 
  • Replacement of mission critical equipment 
  • Move-in Assistance 
  • Immediate shelter needs   

The Mayor’s Fund is financed by donations from residents, businesses, and community organizations, with most funding coming from an annual campaign. Money dispersed from the Mayor’s Fund must be used to benefit people experiencing homelessness in Long Beach. 

Get more information today on the organizations that have received support from the Mayor’s Fund.

Make A Donation
 
Your tax-deductible donation to the Mayor’s Fund will make a real difference and give individuals and families in our community the support they need to break the cycle of homelessness. Donations can be made by credit card or check, and funds are administered by the Long Beach Community Foundation.

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PHYSICAL DONATIONS

  • For people experiencing homelessness or having trouble making ends meet, a token of kindness and support can create hope. Items that are appropriate for drop-off to the Multi-Service Center, and ideas for gathering needed items, are below. Call the Multi-Service Center at (562) 570-4586 to set up a time to drop off.    
  • Create a hygiene kit or house-warming gift kit from this Amazon Hygiene Kit List or this Amazon Housing Assistance List
  • Fill a backpack with needed items such as hand warmers, flashlights, battery packs, batteries (usually D batteries), emergency blankets and charging cables which can all be packaged in a backpack. 
  • Donate pet care kits with things like pet treats, collars, leashes, pet toys or collapsible pet bowls.  
  • Donate gift cards to places like Target, Walmart, McDonalds, Taco Bell, In 'N' Out, Dunkin Donuts and grocery stores.
  • Drop off S, M, L, XL or XXL sweatpants, shirts, socks and men’s and women’s underwear, beanies, scarves, caps, hoodies, towels or blankets. Here's an Amazon Clothing Wish list. Gently used items are appreciated, too.
  • Young people can make a welcome home kit with some of the suggested items above and include a special hand-written motivating message to go in the kit. It’s a meaningful way to get youth involved in helping the community.
  • Donate food items like canned food, bottled drinks like juices or water, snacks such as granola bars or power bars, instant oatmeal, instant soup, fruit and vegetables.
                                       

VOLUNTEER OR PROVIDE PRO BONO SERVICES

If you are interested in providing an ongoing Pro Bono service to benefit people currently experiencing homelessness, please reach out to the Homeless Services Bureau at Homeless.Services@longbeach.gov and staff will discuss how you may be able to provide your services.                                         

HOMELESS SERVICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE INFORMATION AND MEETING SCHEDULE

The City of Long Beach established the Homeless Services Advisory Committee (HSAC) in 1988. The HSAC serves at the discretion of the City Council and Mayor to make recommendations on policies, programs and activities related to homeless assistance resources. The HSAC is governed and meets according to the articles set forth in the regulations the City of Long Beach has established via Ordinance, Resolution C-24600. The HSAC also makes recommendations to the Long Beach City Council. The HSAC is comprised of 11 Long Beach residents, one appointed from each of the City Council districts and two selected at-large by the Mayor’s Office.

The HSAC consider recommendations from the Long Beach CoC Board and General Membership on matters related to homeless services-related policy, programs, and funding. The HSAC develop recommendations on matters related to homeless services-related policy, programs, and funding. The HSAC receive public comment at its regular monthly meeting on matters related to homelessness within the City of Long Beach. The HSAC submit an annual report to the City Council, containing a summary of highlights and recommendations for the next year.

Homeless Services Advisory Committee meeting schedule:

For more information, please email HomelessServices@longbeach.gov or call (562) 570-4176.

                                       

CONTINUUM OF CARE INFORMATION AND MEETING SCHEDULE

In accordance with the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act (HEARTH Act), enacted into law on May 20, 2009, representatives from organizations that serve homeless and formerly homeless individuals within the City of Long Beach have established a Continuum of Care to carry out planning, coordination, and implementation activities set out in the Code of Federal Regulations Title 24 Section 578 (24 CFR 578) by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  

The Long Beach Continuum of Care (CoC) is comprised of five entities: 1) the Long Beach CoC General Membership, 2) the Long Beach CoC Board, 3) the Homeless Services Advisory Committee (HSAC), 4) the City of Long Beach City Council, 5) the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, Homeless Services Bureau.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

Long Beach CoC Board Meeting 

The Long Beach CoC Board is comprised of elected members with the oversight to steward local planning, coordination, and implementation activities related to ending and preventing homelessness in the region. The CoC Board meets twice quarterly on the second Tuesday in January, March, April, June, July, September, October, and December (unless otherwise noted).

Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Zoom Meeting
By Web: https://longbeach-gov.zoom.us/j/94569354695
Meeting ID: 945 6935 4695
By Phone: +12133388477,,94569354695#
Meeting Packet

Long Beach CoC General Membership Meeting 

The Long Beach Continuum of Care (CoC) General Membership is a broad-based group of local stakeholders who share a common interest in ending and preventing homelessness in the city. The CoC General Membership meet quarterly on the second Tuesday in March, June, September and December (unless otherwise noted).

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: Zoom Meeting
By Web: https://longbeach-gov.zoom.us/j/98820874713
Meeting ID: 988 2087 4713
By Phone:  +12133388477,,98820874713#
Meeting Packet (pending)

For more information, please email HomelessServicesAdmin@longbeach.gov or call (562)570-4176.

Long Beach CoC Standing Subcommittees 

The Long Beach Continuum of Care has three standing subcommittees: Policies and Standards, Coordinated Entry System, and Quality, Data, and Performance. Subcommittee membership is open to all general members of the Continuum of Care. Members are defined as anyone who has attended at least one Continuum of Care General Meeting. For more information, please review the subcommittee updates and subcommittee document.

Policies and Standards Subcommittee Meeting
  • Thursday, February 2, 2023, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • By Web: Zoom Meeting Link
  • Meeting ID: 952 4604 6246
  • By Phone: +1-213-338-8477
  • Meeting Packet
  • Recording Link 11.3.22 Password: qZdEcmk5
Coordinated Entry System Subcommittee Meeting
Quality, Data, and Performance Subcommittee Meeting

ANNUAL HOMELESS POINT IN TIME COUNT

Every winter, during the last week of January, 250 volunteers count the number of people experiencing homelessness in our city. The Point in Time count is a communitywide effort that provides an opportunity for residents and local businesses to actively contribute and learn about people who are experiencing homelessness and gain an understanding of the resources available to address homelessness in Long Beach. The count is a nationwide count of people experiencing homelessness living within a given community on a single day. This count is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the state of California in order to receive funding to address homelessness. The City of Long Beach’s Continuum of Care receives these grants and finds it is vital to better understand the trends, issues and demographics of our fellow community members experiencing homelessness.

By engaging fully in this annual count, we can provide better data to service providers, government entities and community members so we can continue to work together on developing effective and appropriate homeless interventions in the City of Long Beach.. People can email HomelessServices@longbeach.gov for information on volunteering. 

The results of the most recent count can be found at https://longbeach.gov/globalassets/everyone-home-lb/media-library/documents/clb_2022-pit-count.

The City's press release regarding the results can be found here: https://longbeach.gov/press-releases/long-beach-shares-results-of-2022-homeless-count/.