Winter shelter with 125 beds opens in West Long Beach

After a nearly week-long delay caused by infrastructure updates, Long Beach officials on Friday opened the city’s winter shelter for people experiencing homelessness.

The 125-bed facility in West Long Beach will give participants shelter and food during the colder months of the year until March 31, officials said. Participants can only access the shelter at the pickup points for the winter shelter bus at certain times:

  • Long Beach Multi-Service Center (1301 W. 12th St.) – 5 p.m. and 6:20 p.m.
  • 14th Street Park (14th Street and Palmer Court, near Long Beach Boulevard) – 5:25 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
  • Channel Street Park and Ride (110 Underpass/Channel Street, San Pedro) – 4 p.m.

In the mornings, the bus will drop off participants where they were picked up the night before. Those who walk up to the shelter will not be admitted.

The City Council approved the use of a warehouse building at 1718-1722 Hayes Avenue as a temporary emergency shelter during its Nov. 12 meeting.

The winter shelter is operated in partnership with The United States Veterans Initiative and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, according to the city. For more information, people can call US Vets at 562-200-7303 or the Multi-Service Center at 562-570-4500.

The Long Beach Rescue Mission operates the Samaritan House and Lydia House and Catholic Charities of Los Angeles operates Project Achieve and Elizabeth Anne Seton Residence as other local year-round shelters.

For more information about homeless services in the city click here.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.