O’Donnell Invites Public to Opening of Palace Hotel as Foster Youth Housing in Fourth District

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Councilmember Patrick O'Donnell

The City’s most recent public/private partnership, the conversion of the former Palace Hotel into housing for youth that are exiting foster care, is set to open it’s doors at a public ceremony today, Wednesday, February 22 at 3:30 p.m.

“As a teacher and parent, it is important to me to give all of our youth the opportunities they need to succeed. Those that are exiting foster care are especially vulnerable and must be offered a hand-up, not a hand-out,” said Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell who will be on hand as host and emcee for the ceremony.

It was O’Donnell who brought everyone to the table to make this venture a reality. United Friends of the Children, a non-profit group with a similar effort in Whittier, was brought in as the managing entity that will oversee case management at the Palace Hotel. At age 18, all foster youth are cut off from services and are in particular need of support to become independent and productive citizens. This site will house an organized and supervised program that will instill life-skills and accountability and ultimately yield life success.

The agreement between Long Beach Housing and LINC Housing to convert the former Palace Hotel into a foster youth transitional house was approved in a unanimous vote by the City Council in June 2009. The building underwent a complete overhaul and restoration and incorporates many Green building components and state-of-the-art amenities for its future residents.

Located at 2640 Anaheim Street in the Central Long Beach Project Area, the Palace Hotel had long been a source of blight and crime for the surrounding neighborhood. When the property was acquired by the City through a tax default in 2005, Councilmember O’Donnell spearheaded a campaign to make the Palace Hotel a beacon of creative reuse.

For more information, please contact the office of Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell at (562) 570-6918.

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