From 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, residents can drop off much-needed items such as sleeping bags, tents and socks at the Expo Arts Center in Bixby Knolls.
Christine Barry founded Ashlee’s Homeless Fund in honor of the Ashlee Armond, who died in an accident in 2014.
For more than a decade, Steffz has had an unstable living situation—bouncing from shared housing to shelter to shelter to shelter.
Cleanups and homeless-outreach that were implemented earlier this year, and had to stop because of the pandemic, have started to pick back up again, but residents are still frustrated and say the problem has only gotten worse.
An extended winter shelter, a new year-round shelter set to open soon and Project Room Key, a program to house the homeless in motels, have helped get vulnerable people off the streets, officials say.
A housing and resource center for homeless individuals in North Long Beach originally slated to open earlier this month was set back. The project is now on track to be operational in September.
The city did not report any new deaths on Thursday.
Earlier this month, Jerry was surprised with a new cart, clothing, supplies and money directed to accounts at the local restaurants he frequents.
Bellflower Mayor Sonny Santa Ines said the shelter was a compassionate, “win/win” solution to the city’s homelessness issue.
Jerry was born on Groundhog Day in 1945, raised in East Long Beach and graduated from Wilson High School in 1963.