2019 Strategic Grant
Legal-name: One in Long Beach, Inc.
Previous-name: dba The LGBTQ Center Long Beach
Address: 2017 E. 4th St.
City: Long Beach
Ranking-title: Porter Gilberg, Executive Director
Budget: 2 million
First-name: Poter Gilberg
Title: Executive Director
Textarea-499: LBCF funds will allow the LGBTQ Center Long Beach Legal Services Department to empower LGBTQ people across the city through a pilot LGBTQ-specific Housing Know Your Rights Workshop Project, the first of its kind in Long Beach. These workshops will help LGBTQ people uphold and enforce the rights afforded to them, including local and statewide non-discrimination and housing protections for victims of crime.
How-many-individuals: LBLD will offer 3-4 Housing Know Your Rights Workshops to the community, including at least 2 off-site workshops. Approximately 8-10 participants will attend each Housing KYRW for a total of at least 32-40 participants served through LBCF funds.
What-is-project: Why the Project is Right at This Particular Moment: LGBTQ people face disproportionate levels of homelessness and are at increased risk of violence, often at or near where they live.
LGBTQ people continue to be among the top two most targeted groups for hate crimes in Los Angeles County. 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ, and often experience housing insecurity due to family rejection and/or violence. Once homeless, LGBTQ youth are more vulnerable to domestic and sexual violence, hate violence, and human trafficking. LGBTQ people also face discrimination and bias in housing, making them more vulnerable to housing loss and/or evictions. When LGBTQ people experience homelessness this happens within a broader social context of homo/bi/transphobia, which has resurfaced in the form of national non-discrimination protection rollbacks, most recently in housing, healthcare, and schools. LGBTQ people have faced increased levels of violence and bias and 2017 marked a crisis for LGBTQ communities in that it was the most lethal year for LGBTQ people to date.
LBCF funds will allow the Long Beach Legal Department (hereinafter “LBLD”) to empower LGBTQ people across the city through a pilot LGBTQ-specific Housing Know Your Rights Workshop Project, the first of its kind in Long Beach. These workshops will help LGBTQ people uphold and enforce the rights afforded to them, including local and statewide non-discrimination and housing protections for victims of crime.
Project Description/How Issue of Homelessness is Addressed: LBLD will provide increased access to economic empowerment and housing stability through a pilot LGBTQ-specific Housing Know Your Rights Workshop Project.
Goal (1) Uphold the rights of LGBTQ people and victims of crime who are at risk for and/or experiencing homelessness through Housing Know Your Rights Workshops.
Program Activities and Expected Outcomes for Goal 1: Service expansion will include recruiting and maintaining housing pro bono attorneys who will provide Housing Know Your Rights Workshops (KYRW) to LGBTQ people at risk for and/or experiencing homelessness. Attorneys and/or advocates will provide KYRW in collaboration with our community partners. LBLD will offer 3-4 Housing KYRW to the community, including at least 2 off-site workshops. Approximately 8-10 participants will attend each Housing KYRW for a total of at least 32-40 participants served through LBCF funds.
Goal (2) Increase access to economic empowerment and housing stability through targeted outreach to and collaboration with community partners in the greater Long Beach area.
Program Activities and Expected Outcomes for Goal 2: All staff working on the project will conduct outreach and promotion to organizations serving LGBTQ people at risk for and/or experiencing homelessness in the greater Long Beach area. Program staff will distribute information about LBCF funded workshops, including promotional and educational materials.
How-will-you-succeed: Measure and Communicate Results and Success of Work 12-Month Timeline:
Months 1 through 2: LBLD will focus on coordinating and integrating LBCF funds with Center programs. The Director of Legal Services will spend this initial time setting up all of the logistical components of the program. LBLD staff will turn to its extensive network of community partners to identify those serving LGBTQ people at risk for and/or experiencing homelessness within the City of Long Beach. LBLD staff will begin recruiting and maintaining housing pro bono attorneys who will provide Housing KYRWs.
Months 3 through 5: Program build out and Housing KYRW curriculum development will begin; promotion of the Housing KYRW will commence through community collaboration. All housing rights volunteers/attorneys will be trained in LGBTQ-inclusive best practices. Additionally, the LBLD staff will set up procedures for coordinating Housing KYRW in collaboration with identified community partners who serve LGBTQ people at risk for and/or experiencing homelessness.
Month 6 through 7: Housing KYRW are conducted in full; LBLD will conduct an initial assessment and retooling of the curriculum/program to determine if there are any operation gaps or needs that have to be addressed in the community. LBLD will engage participants who attended Housing KYRW for feedback and use this for any necessary curriculum retooling.
Months 8 through 11: Operations should be conducted at a more routine pace. Monthly reports will be filed with the Center’s Executive Director to monitor program progress. Weekly program check-ins will be done with LBLD staff on the project.
Month 12: As the program performance period draws to a close, LBLD staff will transition to moving towards a sustainable operating model.
Continue the Program in the Future/Sustain Program: The LBLD has a proven track record of success, including accomplishing deliverables on a state funded award from Cal OES. Only 17 months into a 24-month award, the LBLD exceeded its grant deliverables by 50%. Based on programmatic and fiscal compliance, as well as available funds, LBLD received a 12-month extension in February 25, of 2019, securing Cal OES funding through December of 2020. LBLD is committed to ensuring that LGBTQ community members have access to the information necessary to uphold their housing rights and achieve economic stability and wellness. To ensure the success of the project, LBLD staff will turn to community legal partner Long Beach Bar Association for access to additional attorneys who can support the Housing KYRW project in a wide variety of practice areas. As the LBCF program performance period draws to a close, LBLD staff will work towards a sustainable operating model. This will include supplementing funding from the current contract with additional funds, as well as making any final changes to operations to ensure that current resources are leveraged in the most efficient way possible.
Who-are-you: The Center advances equity for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning (hereinafter “LGBTQ”) people through culturally response advocacy, education, programs, and services. The Center has been the central core and sole comprehensive direct service provider for the LGBTQ communities in the Greater Long Beach, Compton, Orange County and surrounding communities in Southern California for the past 38 years. The Center began in 1977 as living room gatherings to discuss issues important to the LGBTQ community. Today, the organization serves over 25,000 people a year through an array of services including a Cyber Center, HIV/STI Testing, Mental Health/Counseling, Domestic Violence Services, Legal Services, Social and Support Groups, Youth Services, Transgender Health and Wellness Services, Career Counseling, Housing and Job Posting, Room Rentals, Seminars and Workshops, Senior Services, and an LGBTQ Library. The Center’s staff are diverse and reflect the communities that we serve. The Center as a whole is led by one of the only openly gender non-conforming executive directors in the country.
Prior to the inception of the Center’s Legal Services Department, The Center has utilized volunteer legal attorneys who provide pro bono assistance, operate legal clinics, and network to provide clients with referrals to LGBTQ informed attorneys for nearly 30 years. The Center’s legal services program has steadily grown and yielded innovative legal programming such as Name and/or Gender Marker Legal Clinics, unavailable at any other local location. However, the generous efforts of volunteer attorneys could not meet an increasing need for legal assistance in the greater Long Beach area and The Center took action to meet this need. In 2018, The Center was awarded additional Cal OES funding to expand direct legal services to LGBTQ victims of violent crime through its first-ever LGBTQ formalized Legal Services Department. Leading this expansion is Director of Legal Services, Mieko Failey, Esq., a national expert in LGBTQ domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and hate crime legal service provision and training. Since the start of the award (February of 2018 to March of 2019), the Legal Services Department provided 2,155 services to 284 clients (unduplicated). LGBTQ survivors receive holistic and comprehensive legal assistance, including safety planning, housing law consultations, shelter assistance, crisis intervention, pro bono assistance, document preparation, and court accompaniment. The Center values its collaborations with local community based organizations, government actors, public health agencies, anti-violence providers, and other essential system actors. LBCF funding will enable us to build upon and strengthen these collaborations which have proven successful and continue to better serve LGBTQ people at risk for and/or experiencing homelessness.