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City Plans Year-Round 125-Bed Homeless Facility On Atlantic Ave. North of 91 Fwy, Will Seek Council OK For Property Purchase Feb. 5; Councilman Richardson Praises Plan is reader and advertiser supported. Support independent news in LB similar to the way people support NPR and PBS stations. We're not non-profit so it's not tax deductible but $49.95 (less than an annual dollar a week) helps keep us online.
(Jan. 28, 2019, 11:55 a.m., updated 1:00 p.m.) -- City staff has negotiated, and will seek Council approval on Feb. 5, to purchase property at nearly the most distant northerly location from downtown Long Beach -- at 6841-45 Atlantic Ave. north of the 91 freeway -- for a year-round homeless facility. Ninth district Councilman Rex Richardson (VIDEO below) strongly supported the action and described the future facility as a state of the art "village style campus," a "game changing opportunity to create "best in class shelter...that connects comprehesive health and wellness to economic development, housing opportunities and new amenities for the whole community."

The location (currently home to a liquor store which will disappear plus a large square footage building), has been used in the past as a winter homeless shelter (operated by the LB Rescue Mission.) (LB's winter shelter now operates from the former NLB library at 5571 Orange Ave. in the 8th Council district.)

Someone ensured supporters would be present at the press event (although city mgm't asked media outlets not to report its location prior to the event.) Supporters, lined up to be visible in video shots and available to speak with reporters, carried signs saying "Everyone In" and had Councilman Richardson's name on them. In coming to the microphone, Councilman Richardson quipped: "looks like someone let the cat out of the bag." photo

VIDEO of remarks by Councilman Richardson, Vice Mayor Dee Andrews and Health & Human Services Director Kelly Colopy is below.

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Vice Mayor Andrews joined Councilman Richardson at today's event. Mayor Garcia, quoted in the City's release (text in full below), wasn't present; Councilman Richarson indicated he's in Cambodia at the moment. L.A. County Supervisor Hahn, also quoted in the release, was represented by staffer Herlinda Chico.

[City of Long Beach release text] Earlier today, the City of Long Beach and Ninth District Councilmember Rex Richardson announced an acquisition agreement made with a North Long Beach property owner at 6841-6845 Atlantic Avenue (“Atlantic Farms”), Long Beach, California 90805. The final sale, which will be pending City Council approval on February 5, 2019, will set the stage for a state of the art village-style campus of supportive services for people experiencing homelessness. Supportive services will include a much-anticipated year-round homeless shelter with 125 beds.

"Homelessness and housing are the top two challenges we are facing in the State and as a city," said Mayor Robert Garcia. "I'd like to thank Councilmember Richardson and the North Long Beach community for stepping up on this citywide issue. We are committed to eliminating homelessness by addressing the goals in the Everyone Home Long Beach Task Force Recommendations, and this campus will be a huge step forward to getting folks housed and providing support."

On July 24, 2018, Councilmember Richardson introduced, and the full City Council approved, an item regarding exploring sites to secure a year-round homeless shelter and local revenue options to address local homelessness and housing shortages in the city. On August 21, 2018, City staff reported to City Council a strategy to create additional affordable housing and improve prevention and response to homelessness in Long Beach, including current efforts, potential new funding sources, and enhanced approaches to reduce homelessness and improve housing opportunities. Among the recommended and approved actions, was an analysis detailing a strategy for identifying a dedicated local revenue source for the development of permanent supportive housing and comprehensive prevention service; and, a plan to use recently received state funding toward the purchase of a facility that would be utilized as a year-round homeless shelter.

"This is truly a transcendent moment for Long Beach. By taking the lead and addressing the homelessness crisis head-on, we’re not only demonstrating compassion for families, students, and veterans in need, but setting the stage for a transformational project here in North Long Beach," said Councilmember Richardson. "This is a game-changing opportunity to create a ‘best-in-class’ campus that connects comprehensive health and wellness with economic development, housing opportunities, and new amenities for the whole community."

If the sale is approved by City Council, the City’s Economic Development department will convene a visioning task force for the property. The task force will develop recommendations on what services, amenities and facilities, beyond the year-round shelter, would be best suited for the campus to serve the community and people experiencing homelessness. It will also explore potential public-private partnerships and mixed-use development opportunities.

"We are going to use $3.4 million of Measure H revenue to transform the Atlantic Farms site into a state of the art facility that not only provides shelter but also connects people with the supportive services they need to escape homelessness," said Supervisor Janice Hahn. "This is an ambitious effort but no less than I would expect from the City of Long Beach which has been on the forefront of addressing homelessness and I am proud to lend the County’s support to this important project."

"Last year we found permanent housing for over 1,000 people experiencing homelessness, which is a great success, but we must continue to do more," said Health and Human Services Director Kelly Colopy. "This future campus, that includes a year-round shelter, will make a significant difference in our ability to support those currently experiencing homelessness, but also provide important assistance to prevent people from falling into it."

A new year-round shelter would offer 125 beds. The draft design includes: sleeping quarters for single adults and couples; overnight stays for families who will be linked to family shelters; accommodations for pets; a temporary storage facility; transportation to other community services; shower facilities accommodating individuals with disabilities; and colocation of program services including life skills, job training, benefits advocacy and comprehensive case management. It is estimated that the shelter, if the sale of the property is approved by City Council on February 5, 2019, will open in June 2020.

The total purchase cost of the campus property is $9,591,540. Funds for the acquisition of the property are available from $8 million in Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP), Continuum of Care allocation funding, and sale proceeds from a previous City-owned property.



\ asked how many individuals the City expects to use the new NLB facility and what will happen if more show up. LB Health & Human Services Dir.Colopy replied that LB's current winter shelter (four months per year) handles roughly 120-125 people per night (in its current location in the 5500 block of Orange Ave.) and if more than that show up at the new NLB facility, there'll likely be a waiting list, and in such circumstances the City already works with other shelters regionally.




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