Grand Opening of Cabrillo Gateway Development for Homeless Celebrated
2015-10-23 · By Editor
The City of Long Beach celebrated the grand opening of Cabrillo Gateway, the fourth phase of development on the Century Villages at Cabrillo (CVC) campus that features affordable units leased to homeless and low income families.
“Cabrillo Gateway expands our resources, and enhances our ability to provide more housing and supportive services for people who need them the most,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The City and all our partners on the Continuum of Care are taking a collaborative approach to addressing homelessness and related issues.”
Inspired by the growing movement of linking affordable homes with high-quality health care, Cabrillo Gateway seeks to promote the total health and wellness of its residents while increasing self-sufficiency and self-determination. The 80-unit development can house 250 people. It is enriched with a comprehensive array of supportive services through CVC’s Oasis Community Center, coupled with services available through the campus’ network of more than 20 collaborative partners that operate at CVC, including the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. The ground floor of Cabrillo Gateway features a Federally Qualified Health Center operated by The Children’s Clinic, a Long Beach provider of comprehensive health care to children and their families.
“This new development will support veterans and families as they get back on their feet, receive the services they need and make our community stronger,” said Councilmember Roberto Uranga.
A highlight of the event was the dedication of the Pregerson Tower, named for the Honorable Judge Harry Pregerson of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, a tireless advocate for the homeless and veterans who was wounded in the Battle of Okinawa during World War II.
“Century is so grateful for Judge Pregerson’s dedication to social justice and his commitment to our society’s most vulnerable populations,” said Brian D’Andrea, President of CVC. “May the Pregerson Tower represent both a source of inspiration and a call to action to all who appreciate its presence.”
To support Cabrillo Gateway residents, the City of Long Beach provided critical housing vouchers through the Health Department’s Housing Authority. Additional financial support was provided through the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, California Housing Finance Agency, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, Wells Fargo, and the California Community Reinvestment Corporation.
The 27-acre CVC campus is a residential community designed to break the cycle of homelessness. Situated on a former military Navy housing site that served Long Beach shipyards, the site was conveyed to Century Housing in 1997 under the federal McKinney Act for the benefit of the homeless. Since that time, Century has served as steward of the property, seeking to protect, preserve and enhance this critical community asset that is home to more than 1,300 residents on any given night, including more than 550 veterans.
The Long Beach Continuum of Care is a collaboration of service providers working together to end homelessness. The central hub for intake and assessment for the Long Beach CoC is the Multi-Service Center, which averages 26,000 client visits annually, making it the primary point of entry for persons seeking homeless services assistance in the City of Long Beach.