Legal-name: Disabled Resources Center, Inc.
Address: 2750 East Spring Street, Suite 100
City: L0ng Beach
Organizational-status: 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Officer: Dolores Nason, Executive Directo
ContactName: Dolores Nason
Title: Executive Director
Tel-952: (562) 427-1000
SecondaryPhone: (562) 618-5577
GrantPurpose: Disabled Resources Center, Inc. (DRC) seeks funding from the Long Beach Community Foundation to provide direct assistance—sheltering, food, and sanitation supplies–to people experiencing homelessness during the current COVID-19 health crisis.
Audienceserved: The audience served by this grant request comprises people experiencing homelessness, particularly people with disabilities. Since Disabled Resources Center, Inc. (DRC) was founded in 1976, the Center has served people with all disabilities, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, or type of disability. All services are provided free of charge. DRC’s Mission Statement is: “To empower people with disabilities to live independently in the community, to make their own decisions about their lives and to advocate on their own behalf.” Today, DRC is just one of 28 Independent Living Centers (ILCs) located regionally throughout California.
Demoofaudience: Excerpts from Disabled Resources Center, Inc.’s (DRC’s) records provide demographic information on the Center’s clients, whom we refer to as “consumers.” The Center statistically estimates that approximately 75% of consumers are of low-income economic status. All of DRC’s consumers are persons with disabilities. In terms of gender self-identification, 65% of consumers are female, while 35% are male. Concerning race and/or ethnicity, consumers self-identify as: American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.2%; Asian, 11.3%; Black or African-American, 38.0%; Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 1.4%; White, 14.3%; Hispanic/Latino of any race or Hispanic/Latino only, 26.2%; Two or more races, 5.0%; Race and ethnicity unknown, 2.6%. The age breakdown of DRC’s consumers shows: Under 5 years old, 0%; Ages 5-19 years, 5.0%; Ages 20-24 years, 5.0%; Ages 25-59 years, 58.0%; Ages 60 years and older, 32.0%. Again through self-identification, consumers’ various disabilities include: Cognitive, 4.6%; Mental/Emotional, 12.9%; Physical, 48.6%; Hearing, 1.6%; Vision, 2.2%; Multiple Disabilities, 28.5%; Other, 1.6%.
Numberofserved: 70 individuals
District: As Long Beach’s very own Independent Living Center (ILC), Disabled Resources Center, Inc. (DRC) serves the entire City of Long Beach. Thus, this project will benefit all of the Long Beach City Council Districts, 1 through 9.
Funding: 9 months
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? Following the practice established since DRC’s founding in 1976, the Center assists individuals and families who are currently experiencing homelessness. We consider it highly important to continue this successful program, which restores families and individuals as contributing community members in stable housing situations. Through instruction in Independent Living (IL) skills, DRC reverses homelessness patterns instead of just putting a temporary fix on the situation. Consumers accepting motel vouchers are expected to take IL classes through the Center. DRC’s continuing case management begins with determining why consumers are facing homelessness, and goes on to remedy those situations.
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? : With this grant, DRC will provide homelessness/crisis assistance to individuals and families experiencing homelessness due to the current coronavirus situation. All funds granted to DRC will be used for direct financial help for persons who are in need, building on our longstanding, successful program targeting homelessness prevention in Long Beach. The funding will provide short-term vouchers for emergency motel housing, food and transportation, while more permanent arrangements are made through other agencies. The Center’s Housing Coordinator screens all persons applying for homelessness/crisis assistance and provides individualized case coordination services.
In the words of Mayor Robert Garcia, “Homelessness is a statewide crisis that impacts all of us.” Finding a place to call “home” is just the start of DRC’s services to consumers receiving homelessness prevention services. If they need medical treatment, we have Covered California enrollers and assistance with Medi-Cal applications. If they need government benefits, we have Benefits Counselors.
Persons with disabilities and seniors may need emergency free loans of Assistive Technology (AT). Among the human services agencies in Long Beach, the Center is in a unique position to fulfill this need, since DRC already participates in the Device Lending and Demonstration Center (DLDC) Library of the Ability Tools Assistive Technology Network. DRC is one of eleven community-based organizations throughout California designated to work with the DLDC, and the only Independent Living Center (ILC) selected for this network in Southern California. Through DLDC, DRC can ship AT loan items to borrowers all over California, although we focus our efforts on Long Beach residents, all free of charge.
DRC’s longstanding, successful program of both instruction and variable-term lending concerns a wide variety of AT devices that increase, maintain, or improve, the functional capabilities of individuals of all ages with disabilities. Starting with an in-house AT Lending Library, DRC’s AT lending program keeps growing, and offering consumers instruction, demonstrations, trials, and variable-term loans of adaptive equipment and adaptive technology. Here are just a few examples of the cornucopia of devices available: manual walkers, wheelchairs, quad canes, talking watches, talking alarm clocks, crutches, tablets, laptops with adaptive software, assistive listening devices, magnifiers, Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, ramps, sliding transferring boards, shower chairs, and Reacher’s Grab bars.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? : Funding from this grant will help Disabled Resources Center, Inc. (DRC) assist individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness during the current coronavirus situation. In the process of providing this assistance, DRC will work with the Center’s considerable community and civic network. Especially in a situation of civic and societal urgency, the breadth and depth of this longstanding, firmly established networking promotes the leveraging of resources and increasing efforts to achieve shared community goals.
DRC helps individuals and families move beyond homelessness via collaborations with not only local, City, County, and other government departments, but also other similarly purposed community organizations. These entities include, for example: the City of Long Beach, Catholic Charities, United Way, Southern California Edison, Long Beach Multi-Service Center, Beyond Shelter, Lutheran Social Services, New Image Shelter, Safe Refuge (Substance Abuse Foundation), and the Social Security Administration.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount? For many years, DRC has participated with Southern California Edison in the Electricity Assistance Program, which gives one-time, once-yearly payments of $100.00 to income-qualified households that are experiencing difficulty paying their SCE electric utility bills. At this crucial time, through SCE’s generosity, DRC is now able to offer such SCE customers payments on their electric bills of up to double the usual amount. Due to the coronavirus situation, SCE has doubled the amount that income qualified customers can receive as a one-time, once-yearly payment for assistance in paying their electric utility bills. Thus DRC is able to process applications for electric utility bill credits for these consumers for up to $200.00 per household. This is a pass-through program and does not provide any funds for administrative expenses related to processing consumers’ EAP applications.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?: The Center has not applied for any other funding earmarked specifically for disaster recovery.