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Homelessness Plan

While Long Beach’s homelessness crisis is very complex, what the City is currently doing is not enough to meaningfully lower the number of people experiencing chronic homelessness.

As Mayor, I am committed to working with experts and community members to find ways to reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness in the City of Long Beach.

At this stage of the homelessness crisis, the City of Long Beach should be focused on how many individuals experiencing homelessness we have living on the streets, what resources we are directing to that issue, and what it is going to take for us to scale up those resources to make a significant impact on the situation.

Over the last eight years, I have spent a lot of time talking to residents and experts regarding our homelessness crisis. In my professional job I work hard on collaborative courts, street outreach programs, and diversion efforts to address the homelessness crisis in Orange County. I see firsthand what types of outreach and service models work and what resources are necessary to carry out specific plans.

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As a council member, I initiated a major discussion about innovative solutions for homelessness in 2017.

As part of the agenda item I brought to council, my staff and I, in collaboration with community leaders all over the city, researched every single innovative program being used throughout the country. It contained many programs for us to consider. You can read the item here. Ideas such as:

  • A homeless work program, based on a model used in Albuquerque, NM;
  • Expanding non-police outreach teams, such as HEART;
  • Exploring social impact bonds, as studied by the Kennedy School of Public Policy at Harvard; 
  • Creating multidisciplinary city teams; and
  • Hiring specially trained dispatchers; 
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As a council member, I initiated a major discussion about innovative solutions for homelessness in 2017.

As part of the agenda item I brought to council, my staff and I, in collaboration with community leaders all over the city, researched every single innovative program being used throughout the country. It contained many programs for us to consider. You can read the item here. Ideas such as:

  • A homeless work program, based on a model used in Albuquerque, NM;
  • Expanding non-police outreach teams, such as HEART;
  • Exploring social impact bonds, as studied by the Kennedy School of Public Policy at Harvard; 
  • Creating multidisciplinary city teams; and
  • Hiring specially trained dispatchers; 
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In 2020, as Chair of the Public Safety Committee, I brought forth an agenda item to look at unarmed mental health response teams based on models used in other cities, such as Eugene, Oregon. 

 See item here. These ideas have served as the foundation for much of our current efforts. But, they are not enough and we need to scale up in two specific ways: 

(1) increase our street outreach efforts to be every day, and in every council district, and 

(2) offer realistic services at the time of outreach like transitioning to a Palett/Tiny house community or placement at one of the many non-profit service providers in the region.

Suzie's planned approach to addressing homelessness is the most comprehensive plan I have seen. Implementing these changes will have a significant impact and will improve the lives of many people. I look forward to working with her.

Leader of Ashlee's Homeless Fund Christine Barry

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