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City of Long Beach Announces Opening of Winter Shelter
United States Veterans Initiative are providers for 2018-2019 program
Teresa Chandler, Manager
Human Services Bureau
Department of Health and Human Services

The United States Veterans Initiative, a nonprofit organization, will be the provider for the 2018-2019 Winter Shelter Program for Service Planning Area (SPA) 8. The Winter Shelter, located in North Long Beach, is slated to open tomorrow, December 8, 2018, and will operate through March 31, 2019.

Other local year-round shelters include the Samaritan House and Lydia House, operated by the Long Beach Rescue Mission, and Project Achieve and Elizabeth Anne Seton Residence, operated by Catholic Charities of Los Angeles.

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

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), the administrative authority responsible for selecting the winter shelter operator, selected the United States Veterans Initiative as the operator for this operational year.

The shelter will operate daily between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. In the event of rainy weather, these hours may be extended by the operator. The shelter is a closed facility; once checked into the facility, participants cannot enter or exit at-will. The shelter does not accept walk-ins; participants must be transported to and from the location from designated pick-up/drop-off areas.

“The operation of the winter shelter, supported by LAHSA and our Health Department, provides nightly case management services, in addition to beds and meals,” said Councilmember Al Austin. “U.S. Vets, the provider for this service last year, did an amazing job. I am glad they are returning to partner with us on this program this year.”

Throughout the year, staff from the City of Long Beach Health and Human Services Department’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, had over 13,000 individual contacts in FY 2018, 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 November 20, 2018, 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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Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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