Legal-name: YMCA of Greater Long Beach
Address: 820 Long Beach Blvd
City: Long Beach
Officer: Alfredo Velsaco President and CEO
ContactName: Les Peters
Title: Executive Director
Tel-952: (562) 230-4302
GrantPurpose: To provide social services to our disadvantaged families during the COVID-19 crisis
Periodoftime: The next six months
Audienceserved: Low income, elderly, food insecure, children, youth, immigrants, and unemployed.
Demoofaudience: All low income individuals of all ages, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual identity, and immigrant status
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? 1: Our community of color encounters crisis on a daily basis in terms of accessing basic necessities: food, housing, employment, immigration services, educational opportunities for children & youth, and mental health services. These crises have been intensified due to COVID-19. It is hard enough for families that have access to adequate resources; now imagine how hard it is for the families the Community Development YMCA serves and how they are adjusting. Where many CBO’s have already closed their doors. We have opened our doors to support the needs of our community during this crisis.
During this unprecedent time, we are leveraging our staff and social work interns to centralize services and identify resources that are available within the community during this time of need. We have our social work interns calling social service providers in the Long Beach area to identify which offices are still open and providing services. For example, food banks, mental health service providers, tenant right agencies, immigration services, and employment centers. In terms of housing, staff is monitoring policies, or directives, being passed on the state, county, and local level that are temporarily put in place to help families that may be encountering evictions. As a New American Welcome Center YMCA, staff are helping our immigrant communities gain legitimate information on what is happening with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) applications like DACA, Citizenship, and Residency and assisting them with social service applications were needed. As a branch with Mental Health First Aid certified staff, we our offering our community an opportunity to give us a call discuss their fears, concerns, and needs to be able to connect them to the appropriate services.
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? With support from the Long Beach Community Foundation, we will be able to provide the following services by appointment only to low / moderate income families in South Central Long Beach:
OUR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT YMCA PROGRAMS:
Application Assistance: Unemployment, Social Supplemental Income (SSI), CalFresh, CalWorks, Cash Aid for Immigrants (CAPI), and General Relief (GR).
Internet Access: Online course assistance, access to internet and computer lab, and referral to free and/or affordable internet.
Crisis Intervention: Mental health services, legal referrals, housing and eviction, support for most vulnerable populations, and help completing the census.
3. What organization and or individuals will you assist? : With support from the Long Beach Community Foundation we will be able to assist more individuals of all ages, races, ethnicity, genders, sexual identity, and immigrant status during these uncertain times. The Community Development YMCA is often seen as a place of refuge and a trusted community partner throughout Long Beach.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: none
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?: Marguerite Casey Foundation $20,000 (for recent grantees)