The city of Long Beach announced Monday that it has reached an acquisition agreement with the owner of a North Long Beach property slated for potential use as a campus of supportive services for homeless people, including a year-round shelter of 125 beds.
Acquisition of the property at 6841-6845 Atlantic Ave. still needs to be approved by the City Council. Last year, the panel approved a proposal introduced by City Councilman Rex Richardson to explore sites to secure a year-round homeless shelter and local revenue options for homeless initiatives.
"Homelessness and housing are the top two challenges we are facing in the state and as a city," Mayor Robert Garcia said. "I'd like to thank Councilmember Richardson and the North Long Beach community for stepping up on this citywide issue."
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If the sale is approved by City Council, the city's Economic Development department will convene a visioning task force for the property to explore potential public-private partnerships, mixed-use development opportunities and other possible services for the site.
"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," Richardson said. "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."