LOCKED OUT

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?

LOCKED OUT: John Dew
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

PODCAST

Jeff Levine of the LB Rescue Mission: Addressing homelessness means handling childhood trauma

NOVEMBER 15, 2022. | 26:29 | S3:E3

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