Legal-name: City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
Address: 2525 Grand Ave.
City: Long Beach
Organizational-status: Governmental entity
Officer: Kelly Colopy, Department of Health and Human Services Director
ContactName: Andrea Lee
Title: Fund Development Specialist
GrantPurpose: The LBCF Coronavirus Relief Grant will support individuals experiencing financial hardship by paying for their grocery, utility, medical and other critical expenses.
Periodoftime: 6 months
Audienceserved: Low income, at risk of homelessness, unemployed, older adults
Demoofaudience: At or less than 70% Average Median Income
Numberofserved: 20-30 families or individuals
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) leads multiple efforts to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. With regards to safeguarding one of the most vulnerable populations in Long Beach, the Homeless Services Division at the DHHS has worked alongside the City’s Emergency Operation Center to open three new emergency shelters to house up to 210 people experiencing homelessness (PEH) and procure locations for quarantine and isolation. The emergency shelters serve as critical resources that PEH need in order to practice social distancing and follow the City of Long Beach “Safer at Home” order.
The Homeless Services Division operates the Multi-Service Center (MSC), which remains open to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. It continues to serve as the primary point of entry for homeless services such as case management, social services, and referrals to shelters. Outreach Workers and Case Managers based at the MSC engage the community throughout this crisis to connect people experiencing or at risk of homelessness to permanent housing as quickly as possible. The Homeless Services Division also increased sanitizing efforts by placing hand-washing stations at encampments and other locations across the City where PEH frequent.
Q2. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: The COVID-19 economic crisis has led to significant financial hardship for low-income communities manifested through food insecurity, unemployment, and homelessness. Economists expect national unemployment to reach 15% for the general public, 21% for Latinx community, and 28% for the African American community. The Homeless Services Division will use this funding to cover critical expenses for up to three months in the form of grocery gift cards, medical payments, utility bills, and other essential bill payments. This recovery assistance will be promoted in collaboration with the City of Long Beach Office of Equity to ensure communities experiencing existing racial, economic, health, education, and gender inequities have access to this support.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: This grant will assist PEH, people at risk of homelessness, and Long Beach residents who come to the Multi-Service Center seeking services due to hardships endured from the COVID-19 crisis. PEH statistically suffer from higher rates of preexisting health conditions making them more susceptible to COVID-19 infection, severe condition, and possibly death. Homeless Services Division Case Managers will assist those whose income is at or below 70% of the area median income. The grant will support between 20 to 30 low-income and unemployed individuals and families (dependent on family size) for up to three months. Since current funding does not allow for this degree of flexibility, this grant will increase the Homeless Services Division’s capacity to support more Long Beach residents in need.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: The Homeless Services Division received $1.13M from State of California, Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council (HCFC) to construct the emergency shelters for PEH, thus reducing the transmission of COVID-19 across the City of Long Beach. The Homeless Services Division also expects to receive $1.8M from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a pass-through from the $2.2 trillion CARES Act. Additional prospective funding from HUD through Community Development Block Grants will focus resources on low-income neighborhoods in Long Beach, but that amount is yet to be determined. The Homeless Services Division will seek FEMA reimbursement, but has not received any to date.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for? The Homeless Services Division has not applied for any other disaster recovery funds.