City Awarded a Total of $6.9 Million from Feds to Fight Homelessness

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The City of Long Beach has been awarded an additional $765K from the federal government to provide services to individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness in the City of Long Beach, bringing the total annual award to $6.9 million.

“This grant is a recognition not just of the need to house people, but also of the great work the Long Beach Continuum of Care is doing,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Homelessness is a national challenge that requires tremendous effort to address, but we have an outstanding network of dedicated providers committed to the Housing First approach, and we are making good progress.”

In March, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the Long Beach Continuum of Care (CoC) $6.2 million to provide services to homeless individuals and families. The CoC is led by the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.

The Long Beach CoC also retained its status as a Unified Funding Agency (UFA), which allows the CoC to make changes to its funding allocation across projects to better address the local needs of our community.

“Over the next few grant cycles, HUD is shifting its priorities to fund primarily permanent supportive housing across the country, however the $6.9 million and continued UFA status allows us the necessary flexibility to tailor programs and services to the special needs of our Long Beach constituency,” said Kelly Colopy, Director of Health and Human Services.

The funding period for these competitive grant awards is from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017.

Eleven agencies in Long Beach are sub-grantees to these funds; together they will provide a total of 21 projects consisting of transitional housing, permanent housing and supportive services to individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness.

The CoC strategy aligns with the City’s Consolidated Plan and Housing Element components in relation to housing and services for special needs populations. Examples of leveraged community resources include: Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), HOME, Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8), Public Housing, Mental Health Services Act, Veterans funding and other state, city, county, private, and foundation funds.

The local CoC system, combined with all of its nonprofit partner agencies, leverages funds to promote a seamless service delivery model that has been recognized as a national model.

Linkages to these services are coordinated through the Multi-Service Center (MSC), which operates as the Continuum’s coordinated entry system providing intake and assessment. The MSC, located at 1301 W. 12th Street in Long Beach, averages 18,000 client visits annually, making it the primary point of entry for men, women, and families seeking assistance throughout the City.

If you require assistance or have questions regarding homeless services, please contact the Multi-Service Center at 562.570.4500.

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