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Long Beach Community Action Partnership assistance programs.

Support is available to low income residents from the Long Beach Community Action Partnership (LBCAP). Most of the assistance is available from the Family Services Department. While some direct assistance may be available from the agency, most of the aid they provide is from referrals to other non-profits, charities, and social service agencies.

Utility assistance is available from programs such as Home Energy Assistance Program (H.E.A.P.), SCE-Low-Income Energy Efficiency (LIEE), and also the Southern California Gas DAP Assistance Program. Referrals may be available to other regional groups as well.

The Home Energy Assistance Program is federally funded and is focused on low income families with children, a senior, or a disabled member. Eligibility for any aid or grant will be based on factors such as the household’s total monthly gross income and number of household members. Qualified applicants in Long Beach California can be assisted with one energy bill once per program year.

To apply for help from HEAP you must attend an Energy Savings Presentation, make an appointment, complete an application, and meet other guidelines, such as income requirements. The Community Action Partnership (LBCAP) can help answer questions and complete an application. Copies of all household income, copies of gas and electric bills, and more is also required for the application.

If you qualify, a grant or credit can be applied to pay your utility bill. A crisis component is also available from HEAP for those that are facing a disconnection.

The Southern California Edison Low-Income Energy Efficiency program, or LIEE, can provide households with improvements and updates so they can save money. An assessment will be conducted on your home to determine what may or may not work.




As part of the application process, there will be a verification to ensure that your income makes you eligible for services, check that your home needs the services and that it is feasible for  SCE to provide them, and other reviews. Long Beach Community Action Partnership Family Services Department can provide more details.

If you qualify for LIEE, then you may receive new outdoor light fixtures with CFLs, replacement of old refrigerators with newer, energy-efficient ones, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and similar improvements. Call Southern California Edison at 1(800) 736-4777 to apply.

Weatherization can occur as well. This involves many improvements such as additional caulking, replacing existing, working room (wall/window) air conditioners with newer ones, adding insulation, or installing evaporative coolers to be used instead of air conditioners. Contractors that partner with Long Beach Community Action Partnership will audit your home for what weatherization can do to make it more energy efficient.

The SoCal Gas no-cost weatherization is known as DAP Assistance Program. This can provide for the repair or replacement services for qualified limited-income customers. The program can pay for door weather-stripping, ceiling insulation, minor repairs to exterior doors and/or windows, water heater blankets, furnace repair or replacement services, and pipe insulation. Other updates can be made as well. Call the DAP Program Hotline at (800) 331-7593.

After-School Programs from Long Beach Community Action Partnership Family Services Department supports hundreds of students. It is a free program for Bixby Elementary, Alvarado Elementary, Lindsey Middle School, Marshall Middle School, and Monroe K-8. Components of the program include Academic Enrichment, Homework Assistance, and Physical Education.

As indicated, Long Beach Community Action Partnership has many referrals and relationships with partner groups. Some of the main ones are as follows.




Rental and housing assistance:

Beyond Shelter. 1301 W. 12th Street, Long Beach, California 90813, 562-733-1147
City of Long Beach Housing Authority, Department of Community Development is located at 521 E. Fourth Street, Long Beach, CA 90802. Call 562-570-6985.

For food, clothing, and basic needs:

Catholic Charities, 123 E 14th Street, Long Beach, CA 90813, call 562-591-1351
Goodwill Industries, 800 West Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, California 908 telephone 562-435-3411

Shelters and transitional housing in Long Beach is provided by:

New Image Emergency Shelter, 401 E. Ocean Blvd, Suite 705, Long Beach, California 90802, 562-983-7289
Project Achieve Emergency Shelter, 123 E. 14th Street, Long Beach, CA 90813, telephone 562-218-9864

The goal of the Long Beach Community Action Partnership / Family Services Department is to help with a short term crisis and offer long term support. Among other things, they organize social supportive services, income tax assistance (VITA), job training opportunities, one-day workshops, access to government benefits, , volunteer community resources and referrals. The main center is at 3012 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach, California 90807, (562) 216-4600.



By Jon McNamara











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