Legal-name: Linc Housing Corporation
Address: 3590 Elm Avenue
City: Long Beach
Officer: Rebecca F. Clark President and CEO
ContactName: Stacey Slevcove
Title: Corporate Development Manager
GrantPurpose: Linc aims to assist vulnerable residents at The Palace with emergency food and supplies in addition to ongoing supportive services.
Periodoftime: 3 months
Audienceserved: Extremely low-income transition age youth (TAY), formerly homeless TAY, food insecure households in District 4
Demoofaudience: 18-24 for residents, all ages for food bank distribution for community
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? :
Linc is working to continue the most vital programs, such as food bank distributions that support both our residents and community members facing housing and food insecurity during this crisis. We anticipate having to purchase additional food to supplement food bank deliveries if the level of donations decreases in the coming weeks and months, even as need is likely to increase. We have reorganized our resident services staff to work remotely, including providing support via telephone to our residents. The Staying Connected Program is our initiative to offer supportive services via telephone while in-person programs are limited for safety. We are in frequent communication with property managers regarding residents who are having troubles (financial, employment, or resources) because of COVID-19. Residents can call their resident services coordinator or vice versa to check in on issues such as:
- Risk factors: chronic illnesses, low or no support
- Access to prescription medication –assist with setting up delivery services
- Access to food, water, and supplies
- Health and wellness –assist with scheduling appointments/transportation if not feeling well
- Suicide prevention
- Drug and alcoholism treatment
- Emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence or other unsafe home situations
- General social and psychological wellness –inquire about other items they would like to discuss, including previously established goals to support overall mental health
Our staff will also determine how to offer additional services remotely to support resident needs, including assistance with accessing unemployment benefits and other support for those dealing with unexpected loss of income. Linc is serving the same populations, but in deeper ways with limited resources. Staff are also working support children by providing activity packages to assist families. Linc staff continue to act as a primary connection for residents needing to access external services and benefits and the volume of this work in the coming weeks and months.
In addition to continuing our food bank distribution in partnership with Southern California Food Bank, we have also provided vital assistance, including procuring baby formula for a resident at The Palace to feed her newborn, after panic-buying cleared the shelves of this essential item.
Q2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? :
This grant will support emergency needs of residents at The Palace, including:
- Emergency food delivery
- Emergency medication delivery
- Emergency cleaning supplies needed
- Emergency bill payment assistance,
- Emergency feminine or male products needed to stay healthy
- Transportation assistance for essential jobs where public transportation options have been reduced
Residents at the Palace, many of whom are on limited incomes and rely on food assistance programs, have been extremely vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to managing food purchases with limited means and limited supplies in stores, they have also had trouble securing essential hygiene products like toilet paper, cleaning products, toothpaste, deodorant, body wash, diapers, and other baby supplies. Access to both prescription and over the counter medication has also been difficult with income constraints. Bills, including for cell phones that may be residents’ main source of internet access, are also an urgent concern. For residents continuing to work at this time, cuts to neighboring public transportation systems (such as in Carson) have made it difficult and costly for them to get to their jobs.
This grant will also support Linc’s efforts to care for the holistic well-being of residents, including mental health resilience. Multiple studies show that the prevalence of psychiatric disorders in this age group is 20%. With the disadvantage of having unstable, often traumatic childhoods, that number is significantly higher for TAY. The CDC notes that people with preexisting mental health conditions are particularly vulnerable to the stress of an infectious disease outbreak. To help residents cope and maintain their mental health, Linc will provide wellness kits for residents and help facilitate connection. Wellness kits will include activities that will help draw attention from the constant news cycle to facilitate enjoyment and rest, such as adult coloring books, origami, sewing, baking kits, and puzzles. They will also include literature promoting self-care, such as meditation, heathy eating, exercise, sleep, and avoiding alcohol and drugs.
Linc staff will cultivate an online community for residents, and host fun virtual activities with prizes and giveaways to ensure that they are continuing to have positive social interaction. Residents will also continue to receive one-on-one support from their trusted Linc resident services coordinator to face personal challenges and maintain housing stability.
Finally, Linc staff are preparing to adapt future resident services to the new realities our residents will face in the aftermath of the pandemic. This will include support in in accessing unemployment and other benefits, as well as continuing financial empowerment programs that build residents’ skills and resilience in the face of economic challenges.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? :
Linc will assist residents at The Palace, which include extremely low-income transition age youth (TAY) and TAY who have experienced homelessness. Linc also operates a food bank distribution that serves 30-40 individuals/households near this community on East Anaheim St. and Ohio Ave in zip code 90804.
In this neighborhood, most residents have no college education and can’t find full time employment. About a third (29%) work part-time, and another third (33%) have no earnings at all. Thus, it is unsurprising that the plurality of households earn less than $25,000 a year, well below the Los Angeles poverty line. These are The Palace neighbors experiencing food insecurity and come regularly to our food bank to fill their pantries.
Inside The Palace live TAY, young adults who are in transition from foster care or state custody (e.g. psychiatric hospitals or adult or juvenile correctional facilities). As of their eighteenth birthday, the systems of care that previously provided for many of their needs closed to them, and they were suddenly expected to manage independent living. The transition to adulthood is a struggle for most, as they start out with limited resources and experience. But TAY lack even the peripheral support often taken for granted. There is no family to start them off with furniture and dishes for their apartment, co-sign a loan or guarantee their credit for the landlord, help pay the security deposit, guide them through the college admissions process, or provide a connection to a new job. They often lack a guide to navigating the health system for the health services they need and sometimes have transportation issues when trying to access health care.
Because of these factors, TAY are at high risk of not successfully transitioning into independent adulthood. Only 58% end up graduating from high school, and a miniscule 3% graduate from college. Seventy-five percent of young women in foster care report at least one pregnancy by age 21 (compared to only one third of those in the general population). Incredibly, half of youth who have aged out of foster care end up homeless or incarcerated. This is an extremely vulnerable population that risks falling through the cracks if not provided with support, especially during a disaster like the one we are currently experiencing.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: Linc received a $7,500 grant from the California Community Foundation (CCF) for emergency response to resident needs in Los Angeles County, as well as 3,000 fabric face masks, 1,400 bottles of sanitizer, and 12 non-contact infrared thermometers distributed by CCF from the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?: Linc Housing has applied for a Small Business Administration loan through BBVA Compass to support our overall operations as a statewide developer and owner of affordable housing. We have a pending supply request with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services which would include items for The Palace. We have also applied for or inquired about disaster recovery grants from other local funds in areas where Linc has affordable and supportive housing communities, such as Sacramento, Orange County, the Inland Empire, and San Diego.