About this Initiative

Location:

Long Beach, California, United States of America (the), Far West (AK, CA, HI, NV, OR, WA)
Year Started: 
1997
Social issue: 
Homelessness
Initiative stage: 
Implementing and Sustaining Impact
Initiative Purpose and Goals: 

The problem of homelessness affects virtually every American metropolitan area. In Los Angeles County, it is estimated that on any given night, 23,000 people have no shelter. In the City of Long Beach, that number is believed to be 2,345. At the Villages at Cabrillo, we take a unique approach to this issue. First, we believe homelessness is a symptom of a larger human problem. We start with basic needs — housing, food and safety — as the necessary foundation for a long-term solution.  But we know that solving the more complex issues that lie beneath the symptom demands that we look deeply into the unique stories and situations of the homeless and the barriers they face. It involves creating opportunities for individuals to expand their education and skill sets, resolve mental and physical health issues, and regain social footing, which ultimately will allow them to move to permanent housing, self-sufficiency and personal fulfillment. Second, we acknowledge that no single agency can do all of these things effectively — it literally takes a village. The Villages and its more than 20 partner agencies adhere to the five conditions of Collective Impact.

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