Long Beach Rescue Mission’s Winter Shelter to Open Dec. 1

The Long Beach Rescue Mission’s winter shelter for homeless people will officially be open to those who need it on December 1.

MissionLocated at 6845 Atlantic Ave., the large warehouse has been in continual usage as a winter shelter since 2006, when the City of Long Beach was included in LA County’s Winter Shelter Program. The program offers some 1,521 beds across the county at 21 locations, from Lancaster to Long Beach.

Given that it is a County-led program, the City of Long Beach acts as a confirming agency, with the council approving or disapproving the Mission’s use of the space for the program.

According to Mission officials, the temporary shelter—set to run December 1 through March 15—served nearly 900 individual clients last year alone, all of them referred to by another agency since the Mission does not accept walk-ins. Given the high volume, city officials state they may expand hours of operations at the Multi-Service Center, where many people are referred to the temporary shelter after visiting.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.