Legal-name: CityHeART, Inc.
Address: 2201 E. Willow St Suite D #301
City: Signal Hill
Officer: Paige Pelonis, President
ContactName: Paige Pelonis
Title: Executive Director
GrantPurpose: CityHeART requests funds to support a dramatic increase in requests for emergency food, clothing, hygiene, household items, and other critical supplies for low-income, home-bound and/or homeless seniors, veterans, and families as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Periodoftime: April 8 – June 30, 2020
Audienceserved: Low-income, homeless, food insecure, elderly, children, disabled, veterans, youth
Demoofaudience: CityHeART provides services to all ages and ethnicities by accepting referrals for clients of more than a dozen agencies in Long Beach for immediate support.
Numberofserved: 150-200 housholds/families/individuals; between 150-500 people
District: 1, 2, 7
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : As an immediate response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CityHeART closed its Resource Hub, which provides emergency services to clients referred by more than a dozen agencies in Long Beach. The decision to close the Hub was made as a precautionary step in order to allow time to best determine how the organization could continue to serve persons experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, and poverty. During this time, CityHeART consulted with its partner and client base and provided support with communications and immediate supply items such as food, water, hygiene items, hand sanitizers, and clothing. At the request of its various partner agencies, CityHeART has determined that it must re-open its Resource Hub in order to continue providing critical resources to the clients of its partners and to people experiencing homelessness as it has done in Long Beach for more than four years.
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? : CityHeART will be able to re-open its Resource Hub, fully re-stock it with the critically needed supplies, deliver emergency food/supply packages to home-bound individuals/families/veterans, and increase its meal and hygiene distribution programming for people experiencing homelessness.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? With this funding, we will be able to continue to accept referrals for weekly support from the following partner agencies:
MHALA The Village
Urban Community Outreach
The Children’s Clinic
Long Beach Multi-Service Center
Century Villages at Cabrillo
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: We have not received any disaster recovery funds at this time.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for? We plan to pursue as many opportunities for local assistance as we can. At this time, we have submitted requests to The United Way and the California Community Foundation in addition to this request.