Homelessness in Long Beach

There has never been a time when more public money is being invested in trying to get people off the streets. Yet the number of unhoused individuals in Long Beach rose by a startling 62% in the last two years. Why has it been so hard to get people into permanent housing?

John Dew, 62, became homeless earlier this year for the first time in his life. A litany of health issues sapped his savings from a career as a building contractor: He had seven back surgeries, a genetic blood-clotting disorder that causes seizures and a noncancerous brain tumor. Video by Cheantay Jensen

As money flowed in, numbers rose over the last two years

There are 3,296 homeless individuals in the city, an increase of 62%.

The number of people living in encampments or on the street rose 22%.

The number of people living in a vehicle rose by 380%

The number of Homeless Services Bureau staff increased from 25 to 80.

The city’s budget for homeless services went from $10 million to nearly $80 million.

Long Beach has received $81 million in recovery act funds to prevent homelessness.

About this project

Locked Out: Homelessness in Long Beach” is an ongoing project by the Long Beach Post. The series will explore this critical issue through in-depth reporting, interactive graphics, videos, photos—and most importantly through the experiences of people in our city. 

If you have a news tip, or would like to see a particular issue explored, please email Executive Editor Melissa Evans at melissa@lbpost.com


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