Legal-name: Harbor Interfaith Services, Inc.
Address: 670 W. 9th St.
City: San Pedro
Officer: Tahia Hayslet, Executive Director
ContactName: Mike Radice
Title: Director of Development
GrantPurpose: To provide emergency food, hygiene items, and sanitation supplies to homeless individuals and families in Long Beach and Service Planning Area 8.
Periodoftime: 2020 Calendar Year
Audienceserved: Homeless and working poor.
Demoofaudience: Everyone served has household income below the poverty line. 48% Hispanic/Latino; 31% Black/African American; 11% White/Caucasian; 10% other races.
District: All districts.
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : The Food Pantry is our longest-standing program. It provides a 3-day supply of food to homeless or working poor clients in Long Beach and across Service Planning Area 8. The food we provide is boxed, bagged, and canned—the kind you prepare elsewhere. We do not serve meals. It’s our mission to empower people to care for themselves over long-term. The way we provide food sustains them long-enough to help them get their footing and to not become dependent on us. Last year, the program served almost 8,900 people. Hunger brought most of them to us in the first place. They’d been living in cars or on borrowed sofas. Those who were housed were close to eviction. All of them lacked the money to buy groceries. Once in our door, we sat them down with a case manager, listened to their stories, created case management plans to rectify the problems, and provided food. From there, we engaged them in our programs to help them find or keep housing, provide childcare, secure job training, acquire government benefits, and get on the road to self-sufficiency. Food is a basic need for people of all walks of life. Nobody functions without it. We can figure out where to live, how to get to work, and how to keep clean. But without food, we won’t have the energy to do anything nor stay healthy. The number we feed increases every year. In 2016, the Pantry provided food for 5,514 people. In 2017, it was 7,163. For 2018, it was 8,803. For 2019, it was 8,926. And given the current situation with the virus, we expect that to increase at least 50%. Half of the food we provide is donated by individuals, faith groups, community groups, and businesses, many organizing food drives and delivering the food to our loading dock. We have Federal funds to buy things such as canned vegetables, but beyond that, we have to spend our operating funds on foods to create a balanced meal. Your funds will be used to help ensure balanced meals.
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? : Emergency food for homeless and working poor residents in Long Beach (all districts) and throughout Service Planning Area 8.
3. What organization and or individuals will you assist? : We assist the homeless and working poor of Long Beach and Service Planning Area 8. We are the Lead Service Provider of homeless service for the planning area. We work collaboratively with over 40 agencies across the region, including Century Villages of Cabrillo (Long Beach) and Catholic Social Services (Long Beach).
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: The disaster just happened, so disaster recovery funds are in process. Foundation and organizational support applications are pending. We expect $5,000 from Neighborhood Church, and individual donors are providing funds and food as best they can. The Pantry is also made possible by a network of faith and secular philanthropic organizations including Catholic Social Services (Long Beach), St. John Fisher Catholic Parish, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Church World Services, Southwest California Synod ELCA, Congregation Ner Tamid of South Bay, The Good Provider Foodbank, TJX Foundation, St. Francis Episcopal Church, individual donors, and others.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?: We have applied for emergency funds from the California Community Foundation, Weingart Foundation, Ahmanson Foundation, United Way, National Health Care for the Homelss Council, and Crail Johnson Foundation. Not all of those funds are for food, hygiene items, and sanitation supplies.