From Councilmember Al Austin II
Long Beach’s new Atlantic Farms Bridge Housing Community (ABC) opened this week. The village-style development, located at 6841-6845 Atlantic Ave. in North Long Beach, will help address a critical gap in the City’s Continuum of Care and offer a safe place and supportive resources for individuals experiencing homelessness.
The bridge housing model is designed to match people to housing options as they become available, with supportive services to help individuals move into permanent housing as quickly as possible. The 2.28-acre community consists of modular-style dormitories for adults with a total capacity of 125. In adherence with COVID-19 safety and physical distancing guidelines, the site’s capacity has temporarily been reduced to 100 adults.
The Atlantic Farms Bridge Housing Community is a low-barrier facility designed to allow people access whenever they are ready for support. The campus will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round. It features:
- Intake, security and COVID-19 health screening space.
- Common areas, including a kitchen, dining room, lounge, and laundry facilities.
- Gender-specific and gender-neutral restrooms and showers.
- Case management/service connection offices.
- A family respite room (for emergency overnight use).
- Several outdoor amenities, including, a dining area, a dog run and pet relief area, charging station, storage and parking.
Participants at ABC will work to achieve permanent housing with access to supportive services, including rapid rehousing, health services, mental health and substance use treatment, employment training, benefits advocacy, and education services.
The non-profit organization Volunteers of America, Los Angeles has been selected through a competitive request for proposal to operate the site, under a contract with the City of Long Beach. Their staff and security will be on-site at all times to ensure the safety of residents and employees. Access to the site will begin at the Multi-Service Center (1301 W. 12th St.) or through outreach services.
For information on the City’s homeless services, visit longbeach.gov/health. If you or someone you know is currently experiencing homelessness, please contact the Multi-Service Center at 562-570-450