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UPDATE | The federal government awarded the City of Long Beach an additional $756,000 to provide services to those experiencing homelessness, bringing the total annual award to $6.9 million, the city announced today.
"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,” stated 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 progress."
PREVIOUSLY: Long Beach Continuum of Care Awarded $6.2 Million Grant to Provide Services for Homeless
On 3/11/16 at 11:49AM | The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded the Long Beach Continuum of Care (CoC) $6.2 million to provide services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness, the City of Long Beach announced Friday. Led by the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, the Long Beach CoC provides emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing and supportive services to those in need.
“These competitive grant awards represent the confidence of our federal partners, as well as our commitment to addressing homelessness in a coordinated and targeted effort,” said Mayor Robert Garcia in a statement. “Long Beach Continuum of Care partners continue to leverage their resources and strengthen their efforts to connect people with services and housing.”
The grant will support 19 CoC projects, including 740 beds made available for emergency shelter, transitional and permanent supportive housing for households experiencing homelessness. The funding period begins July 1, 2016, and runs through June 30, 2017, according to the release.
The Long Beach CoC is a Unified Funding Agency (UFA), which allows the CoC flexibility with its funding allocation across different projects, to best address the changing needs of the local community.
Additional HUD grant awards will be announced later in the spring, according to the disclosure.
“The renewed funding of the Long Beach Continuum of Care Grant and continued UFA status allows us the necessary flexibility to tailor programs and services to the special needs of our Long Beach constituency,” stated Kelly Colopy, Director of Health and Human Services.
Connections to the services are coordinated through the Multi-Service Center (MSC), which operates as the CoC’s entry system providing intake and assessment. The MSC averages 18,000 client visits every year and serves as the primary entry point 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.
The Multi-Service Center is located at 1301 West 12th Street.