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Homeless Outreach

DLBA Homeless Outreach

The DLBA is active in several local homeless initiatives and works closely with the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services,  the Long Beach Police Department Quality of Life and Mental Health Evaluation Teams, along with individuals and organizations wishing to assist persons experiencing homelessness in Downtown.

Homeless Outreach Specialist
In July of 2014, the Downtown Safety Team added a full-time Homeless Outreach Specialist to build relationships with our homeless population and assist them in accessing local resources and social service agencies. With this service, DLBA is able to provide specialized attention to overcome barriers to assist our homeless neighbors, including street outreach, collaboration and data sharing with city and community partners. The Homeless Outreach Specialist also regularly meets with outreach workers from the Multi-Service Center and other service providers to exchange best practices on connecting homeless individuals to available services. To connect with the Homeless Outreach Specialist please call (562) 972-8489.

For more information about our Homeless Outreach Specialist and their accomplishments 
click here or here.

Community Outreach Manager

The DLBA's Community Outreach Manager plays an active role in homeless and quality of life issues in Downtown. Steve Be Cotte is on the Board of the Long Beach Area Coalition for the Homeless and regularly interacts with staff from the Multi-Service Center, the Long Beach Police Department, social service agencies and the DLBA's Homeless Outreach Specialist. 

Where to Get Help

Multi-Service Center

Operated by the Long Beach Health Department, in collaboration with several co-located nonprofit agencies, the MSC is designed to provide one-stop access to resources for individuals and families experiencing homelessness within the City of Long Beach. The MSC serves as the point of entry for homeless services city-wide, providing a wide range of services from basic amenities of shower, laundry, mail and message center, to street outreach, van shuttle, transportation, childcare, medical care, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, HIV/AIDS services, integrated case management, and housing coordination. The mission of the MSC is to provide comprehensive supportive services to promote progress towards permanent housing, self-sufficiency, by creating a community where health, safety, and well-being are established. 

1301 W. 12th Street
Long Beach, California 90813
Phone: (562) 570-4500

Harbor Interfaith Services

Harbor Interfaith Services is a non-profit organization serving the South Bay communities of San Pedro, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, Lomita, Torrance, Wilmington and Long Beach. In 2013, Harbor Interfaith Services assisted over 23,000 homeless and working poor people by providing the comprehensive services they need to lift themselves out of poverty and onto the road of self-sufficiency.

Family Resource Center
The Family Resource Center (FRC) serves as our point of entry. Most people seeking services go first to the Family Resource Center so case workers can determine their needs.

Accelerated Living and Learning
The Accelerated Learning & Living transitional housing program offers families a place to live for up to 18 months while they pursue higher education to improve their employment opportunities. This program helps families achieve lifetime goals and objectives and gain hope for a meaningful career.

The Family Shelter
The Family Shelter offers the dignity and safety of private units with their own kitchen and bathroom for up to ninety days. The 20-unit, two-story apartment complex is located in San Pedro.

Children's Center
Our fully licensed children's center provides care for infant, toddler, preschool, and school-aged children whose families live in our housing programs or are enrolled through the Family Resource Center. 

Harbor Interfaith Services
670 West 9th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731

Administration (310) 831-0603
Family Resource Center (310) 831-9123
Accelerated Living and Learning Program (310) 831-5729
Children's Services (310) 547-3762

HFSS/Family Shelter Program
663 West 10th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
Phone (310) 831-0589
Fax (310) 831-1997

First Congregational Church Drop-in-Center

The Drop-in-Center is a community center for homeless people and the working poor in downtown Long Beach. The Drop-in-Center serves homeless persons from 12:30 to 4 p.m every Sunday. In addition to meals, services at the center include: a Computer lab provides access to the internet, to find work, write resumes, find family or just surf the web. A sixteen workstation computer lab and helpful folks are available for anyone who may need assistance. The people will assist our guests with learning new computer skills (as time allows) in order to broaden their job opportunities. Homeless people carry important personal papers around which often get lost, stolen or destroyed by the weather. The Paperwork Preservation Project (P3) offers an innovative solution to the problem. We can scan the papers to “back up” files and send them to each person’s private e-mail account. Lost information can then be recovered at any time. A Visiting Nurse is available once a month to monitors blood pressure, blood sugar and help with wound care. The nurse provides helpful information and counsels our guests on depression, addiction issues and many other health concerns.

241 Cedar Avenue
Long Beach CA 90808
Phone 562-436-2256

Christian Outreach in Action

Breakfast is served every Monday-Friday from 7:00-8:00 a.m.
Lunch is served on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturday every month from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. and the last 2 Sundays of the month from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Dinner is served every Monday - Friday 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Every third Sunday at 3:00 p.m. the Mother Teresa Nuns and Father Scott serve an afternoon meal. 
Every Tuesday and Thursday the food bank is open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Every Friday clothing and furniture are given out from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

515 East Third Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone 562-432-1440

Beacon for Him

Beacon For Him offers persons experiencing homelessness meals, food distribution, clean clothing, a library with access to computers and books, church services, Bible study, Celebrate Recovery, and assistance with accessing resources. 

For more information about the history of Beacon for Him 
click here.

Celebrate Recovery Sunday
5:00 p.m. Dinner
5:30 p.m. Worship & Teaching/Testimony
6:30 p.m. Small Open Share Groups

Monday Morning Soup Outreach
9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Food Bank – second and fourth Thursday of the month
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Sack Lunch and Shoe Ministry
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

439 W. Anaheim Street
Long Beach CA 90813 
Phone (562) 591-2299

Long Beach Community Services Center/Catholic Charities

Basic assistance with food, shelter, utilities, clothing and transportation. Information and referrals to community resources including specialized programs providing rental assistance to homeless families. Food stamp applications on site.

123 East 14th Street
Long Beach, CA 90813
(562) 591-1351

Mental Health America/The Village 

The Mental Health America Village is an adult integrated services recovery program of Mental Health America of Los Angeles. By focusing on the whole person, we assist our members as they journey toward recovery from mental illness. As a pioneer of the recovery movement, The Village has proudly served Long Beach since 1990.

Homeless Assistance Program
The mission of our Homeless Assistance Program (HAP) is to provide individualized services to persons who are homeless and have mental illness. HAP specializes in serving people who don't have access to other services and the goal of all HAP services is to connect people to longer term homeless and mental health services. HAP is not a residential program.

Transitional Age Youth (TAY)
MHA TAY Academy focuses on helping young adults with mental illness and severe emotional disturbances fully integrate into the community. With an emphasis on employment and education, MHA TAY Academy encourages discovery on the journey to recovery and a higher quality of life.

456 Elm Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802-2426
Phone: 562-437-6717 

Long Beach Rescue Mission

Long Beach Rescue Mission is a place of healing and hope serving the emergency needs of the homeless and hungry of the greater Long Beach area through shelter and food services, rehabilitation programs, spiritually-based counseling, education and job-skills classes, and transitional housing. Your gift can help one more person in our community find hope and healing. 

Lunch is served at 12:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Please arrive before noon to be served. 
Sunday lunch is served following chapel service around 10:30 a.m
Dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. seven days a week. 

1430 Pacific Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813
(562) 591-1292


Long Beach Rescue Mission - Lydia House and Samaritan House

Samaritan House
The Samaritan House provides shelter for over 120 men each day. Offering food, rest, clothing, hygiene – along with kindness and understanding – our 140-bed Samaritan House is a refuge from daily despair for many homeless men, providing a way off the streets and help getting them on to the road to recovery.

Lydia House – Services for Women and Children
The 50-bed Lydia House provides solace and hope in the face of abuse, addiction, financial hardship and abandonment. Lydia House also assists many in finding more acute care facilities, while striving to move all guests into semi-permanent housing. However, Lydia House services are not available to walk-ins or emergencies.

Long Beach Rescue Mission
1430 Pacific Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
(562) 591-1292

Women Shelter of Long Beach

The services offered by WomenShelter of Long Beach are free to all victims of domestic violence, including women, men, teens, children, and individuals in same-sex relationships. Services are provided in English and Spanish.

If you need emergency shelter, please call the hotline at 562-437-4663 (562-HER-HOME) to speak to an advocate. Or, if you've already left an abusive relationship or aren't able to leave and you are in need of counseling, referrals and help, call the Domestic Violence Resource Center at 562-437-7233.

Emergency Shelter
The eight-bedroom, 29-bed facility provides 30-45 days of safe, emergency shelter for domestic violence victims and their children. During your stay, you will receive supportive services to assist you in beginning a life free from violence and abuse. Services include: legal advocacy, individual counseling, group peer support, and social service advocacy to prepare you for transitioning back into the community.

Child Development Center (for Emergency Shelter residents)
WomenShelter recognizes that children are often the silent victims in cases of domestic violence. To ensure that all children at the emergency shelter have a voice, WomenShelter operates an outstanding Children’s Development Center. Young children attend pre-school on site. Older children receive home schooling until records can be obtained and the children can be registered at a local school. All children receive age-appropriate paraprofessional counseling, assessment by a clinician and most important, caring attention from the center’s dedicated staff.

Hotline (562) 437-4663

Beacon Light Mission (Men)

Our mission is to minister the love and grace of Jesus Christ to the homeless in the South Bay by providing a safe and nurturing environment where they can receive food, clothing, temporary shelter, discipleship and spiritual encouragement in their present life circumstances.

525 Broad Avenue
Wilmington, CA 90744

Doors of Hope Women's Shelter

Door of Hope provides a safe and nurturing environment where women can receive food, clothing, temporary shelter and spiritual encouragement in their present life circumstances. We seek to identify the extreme challenges of homeless women and provide support to help them transition from despair to spiritual wholeness.

529 Broad Avenue
Wilmington, CA 90744

Project Achieve Emergency Shelter

Sixty to Ninety day emergency shelter for adult men and women. Services include basic skills workshops and access to job and housing resources.

1368 Oregon Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
Jean Battalia, Director
(562) 218-9864

New Image Emergency Shelter

The mission of New Image is to decrease and prevent homelessness throughout Los Angeles County by providing comprehensive Case Management and Supportive Services, housing, job search and placement, outreach, and referral services.  

401 E. Ocean Blvd, Suite 705
Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone (562) 983-7289

Winter Shelter

The Winter Shelter is operated by Long Beach Rescue Mission from December 1 to March 15. Pick-ups are available at Ocean Boulevard at Magnolia Avenue at 5:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Resources

Substance Abuse Foundation

Outpatient and residential drug and alcohol treatment programs and residential/transitional housing for HIV positive individuals.

3125 East 7th Street
Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Phone (562) 439-7755

Redgate Memorial Recovery Center

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment provides the opportunity for clients to work intensively on life issues which, if left unaddressed, often lead to relapse to substance abuse. Clients are taught how, and encouraged to establish a recovery support network outside of the treatment milieu in order to assist them in their continuing recovery efforts upon completion of the program.

Redgate Memorial Recovery Center
1775 Chestnut Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
Phone (562)-599-8444

Community Resources

Los Angeles County 211

211 LA County is one of the largest and most effective resource lines in the nation providing access to comprehensive social services and disaster support for L.A. County residents. 211 LA’s innovative programs are examples of the best practices in assessing, coordinating and integrating the health and human services needed by the most underserved and vulnerable populations of one of the most culturally diverse counties in the country. With one phone call, clients are directly screened and connected with the services they need for themselves or their children, including shelters, meals, autism screening, veterans’ services, substance abuse programs, health care, and mental health services, and access to jobs.

To access services please call 211

Long Beach Area Coalition for the Homeless 

The Coalition meets the first Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at Goodwill Industries, 800 W. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA 90813. All are welcome

Homeless Services Advisory Committee 

This appointed committee meets the first Wednesday of each month at 3:00 p.m. at the Multi-Service Center, 1301 West 12th Street Long Beach, CA 90813.

Click Here to view the results of the 2015 City-wide Biennial Homeless Count results and comparison.

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