Coronavirus Relief Grant
Checkbox-571: #1, #3, #4, #5
Legal-name: Bridge to Hope, Inc.
Address: 4201 Long Beach Blvd., Suite 218(B)
City: Long Beach
Organizational-status: 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit
Tel-952: (562) 972-4441
GrantPurpose: This grant will offer Homeless Prevention services, in the form of (partial) Financial Rental Assistance of up to $500 per household, to meet and sustain housing, post receipt of stimulus funding.
Periodoftime: 30-45 days from receipt of funding
Audienceserved: Homeless and Low-Income Individuals and Families regardless of age, gender, disability, ethnicity or poverty level.
Demoofaudience: All ages and ethnicities. Income level will be based on US Federal Poverty Guidelines.
Numberofserved: A minimum of 45 Households (Individuals and Families)
District: All Districts
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : The following disaster recovery services have and are currently being provided to those who have been affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic and are complying with the ‘Safer-at-Home Order’, and/or those who are living on the streets because they do not have a place to call home.
• The Distribution of COVID-19 pandemic educational materials and coronavirus updates
• Free Basic Medical Outreach, including psychological evaluations, telemedical conferencing for homeless in encampments and/or encountered through case management efforts.
• Case Management Services to connect individuals to housing, jobs, mainstream entitlements, and other medical, personal and/or housing/employment needs
• Limited Financial Utility Assistance
• Connection to Free Government Phones
• Reunification of Estranged Family Members
• Food Baskets (pick-up and delivery)
• Supermarket Gift Cards (for the purchase of perishables)
• Baby items (clothing, diapers, wipes, shampoo, lotion, and formula and baby food)
• Toiletries (deodorant, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body wipes, masks, water, hand sanitizer, etc.)
• School Supplies, Books, and Games for Children (ages Pre-K – 12th )
• Easter Baskets (104 distributed) at Easter time
• Adult clothing, shoes, socks, underwear and blankets
• Other outreach needs are addressed as they are presented
2. What additional services, above your standard operations, will be conducted with this grant funding?: The Long Beach Community Foundation grant will allow an expansion of our Homeless Prevention Program in its Financial Rental Assistance component, which the funds have been exhausted for over two months. As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, and the community adjust to a new “normal”, what remains certain is the fact that rent must be paid, and although there is a current Rental Eviction Moratorium in Long Beach, there has been an increased number of people already being threaten to be “kicked-out” and are currently being given ultimatums, if the rent is not paid. Of all of the needs we are addressing, the need for partial rental assistance is our biggest need at this time (funding and housing advocacy), as people struggle to pay their rent after their stimulus funds have been depleted.
Bridge to Hope will utilize its existing Case Management Team to assess the individual or family eligibility, review their supportive documents (i.e.: Lease Agreement, Photo ID, Hardship Letter, etc.) and communicate with the owner and/or management company for verification of the need. Once approved, the Administrative Team will prepare a check made out to the Owner or Leasing Company only. No funds will be given directly to the applicant.
During the Intake Evaluation, the Case Manager or Housing Coordinator will also address all other unmet needs and provide referrals and linkages when necessary, to ensure their resolution. For example, linkages to free food, medical, jobs, mainstream entitlement programs, veteran services, day care, etc.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? : The Homeless Prevention Program is designed to assist low-income individuals and families in all Districts of Long Beach. It is our hope to serve as many people as possible with the funding. Some of the social service agencies we work with are: Catholic Charities, Lydia House, MHSA, Salvation Army, the City of Long Beach (Multi-Service Center), Long Beach Rescue Mission, the Long Beach Senior Center, Goodwill and DPSS family services. Currently, Bridge to Hope, shares food, gift cards, body wipes, diapers, toiletries, masks, sanitizers, and more as the supplies becomes available, directly to those in need, but also social service agencies who provide outreach services. Upon notification of this award, we will send out an email to our Long Beach social service providers network with the criteria for eligibility, and the referral process. This pandemic is going to take a village of recovery warriors.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: California Statewide Development $5,000
Northgate Market $500
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?: NBC/Kroger Grant $2,300
SBA/ Cares Act Grant $10,000
Wells Fargo Bank $1,500
Hyundai America $1,500