Supervisor Hahn puts $1.36 Million toward Homeless Prevention in Long Beach, Gateway Cities

Los Angeles, CA—Today, Supervisor Hahn committed $1.36 million to two programs working to reduce homelessness in the Gateway Cities and Long Beach.  In two motions passed today by the Board of Supervisors, Hahn gave $860,000 to the Gateway Cities Council of Governments and $500,000 to the Long Beach Homeless Veterans Initiative Program out of the Fourth District’s Homeless Prevention Initiative Fund.

 Long Beach Homeless Veterans Initiative

Supervisor Hahn has committed $500,000 to the Long Beach Homeless Veterans Initiative Program.

The Long Beach Homeless Veterans Initiative (HVI) Program began in July 21, 2008. The mission of the HVI is to conduct street outreach to homeless veterans in the City of Long Beach and connect them to employment services, provide benefits advocacy as well as transitional and then permanent housing.

The City of Long Beach has frequently identified this program as integral to their success in dramatically reducing their homeless veteran population.  The $500,000 will fund two outreach workers who will connect with homeless veterans across the City of Long Beach as well as a case manager dedicated to connecting these veterans with services and housing.

“The most recent homeless count was disturbing by any measure but the increase in veteran homelessness stood out as a huge disappointment,” said Supervisor Hahn. “The Long Beach Homeless Veterans Initiative is doing good and important work getting these heroes off the streets. I am proud to give this program the funding it needs to continue connecting homeless veterans with the services they need to put their lives back together.”

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 PATH Contract with Gateway Cities Council of Governments

Also approved today, Supervisor Hahn and Supervisor Solis jointly dedicated $1.16 million ($860,000 from Supervisor Hahn’s office, $300,000 from Supervisor Solis’s office) out of their offices’ Homeless Prevention Initiative Fund to the Gateway Cities Council of Governments to fund their ongoing contract with People Assisting the Homeless (PATH).  The funding will go to pay for outreach workers and PATH staff who will connect homeless individuals across the Gateway Cities with mental health care, drug abuse services, and both temporary and permanent housing. 

“The Gateway Cities Council of Governments’ Homeless Outreach Program has been a highly successful model of a regional and coordinated response to homelessness in the Gateway Cities,” said Meredith Berkson, who spoke on PATH’s behalf at the Board meeting.   “Collectively, PATH and our partners, Helpline Youth Counseling, Whittier First Day, Kingdom Causes Bellflower, and the City of Long Beach, have permanently housed 1,773 individuals.  This immense success is thanks to the support of Supervisor’s Hahn and Solis, and thanks to this extension, we will be able to help many more individuals and families move off the street and into homes of their own.”

This program was established in 2011 and since then has done impressive work connecting 1,773 people to permanent housing, 1,910 people to short term housing, and 9,000 individuals with health services, substance abuse counseling, and mental health care.

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