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Wishing You a Warm and Joyful Holiday Season

From all of us at Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach, we would like to extend our warmest wishes to you all during the holiday season! We hope that you all enjoy a restful break with loved ones and we look forward to charging forward in making Health Happen in Long Beach in 2014!

The BHC Long Beach Office will be closed on the following dates:
December 24, 25 & 31
January 1, 2014


Q&A: What's Next for Affordable Housing in Long Beach

By VoiceWaves Reporter Intern Ben Novotny

The nationwide economic crisis may or may not be becoming a distant memory, but a housing crisis still exists within the city of Long Beach.

The Long Beach-L.A. area ranks fourth nationwide and third statewide in housing un-affordability. Twenty-thousand Long Beach families live in overcrowded conditions, and more than two-thirds of the city’s residents are unable to afford a two-bedroom apartment, according to local non-profit Housing Long Beach.

Last week, the city held a study session for the Long Beach City Council around the 2013-2021 Housing Element, a state-mandated general plan that is renewed every eight years.

Housing Long Beach Community Organizer Jorge Rivera and Executive Director Kerry Gallagher spoke with VoiceWaves about what’s next for the Housing Element and how to move forward in improving affordable housing in Long Beach. Their answer are featured below.



Season's Greetings from the Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan

Season's Greetings, 

As we close out 2013, I want to thank you for supporting the City of Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan. The process of developing the City’s first comprehensive Violence Prevention Plan is in the final stages. Together, we worked hard in 2013 to accomplish the following: 
  • 35 Steering Committee Members from various governmental and non-governmental agencies including city residents met quarterly to oversee the creation of the Plan 
  • 20 City Staff from various departments met quarterly to coordinate existing services and address gaps related to violence prevention 
  • 562 people attended four citywide Violence Prevention Community Input Forums 
  • 565 people participated in specialized Violence Prevention Focus Groups 
  • 445 people completed the Violence Prevention Community Survey 
  • 120 existing violence prevention and intervention community programs were inventoried as a part of the Community Resource Guide formation 

I am pleased to announce the following information is now online for public use. Please click the links and take a look. 
Writing a Citywide Plan to prevent violence is no easy feat, but together we have accomplished our goal.  We look forward to celebrating the adoption of the Plan in 2014. 

Tracy M. Colunga, MSW 
Violence Prevention Coordinator 
From all the LBVPP Staff, Consultants, and Interns, we would like to wish you all a safe and wonderful Holiday Season! 


Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Housing Element at City Council
January 7th
City Hall

Full Calendar of Events


Community Map
Community Action Plan
The California Endowment
Long Beach TIme Exchange
ommunity Partners


Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach and the Long Beach TIme Exchange have started an exciting new partnership! Using the model of the time exchange, Time Exchange members will be able to earn credits participating/volunteering at qualifying BHC Long Beach events and vice versa! To read more about the Time Exchange and how you can get involved, you can check out their website!


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VoiceWaves is a Long Beach youth-led journalism and media-training project. The youth, ages 16-24, are learning to report, write, and create digital journalism content. Their reports will raise awareness of  healthy community issues and activate change action in Central and West Long Beach. Read stories by Voicewaves reporters on their website:


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BHC Statewide has combined forces with AmeriCorps to provide direct youth mentoring services. In Long Beach, we have 10 AmeriCorps members working with Long Beach Youth to address positive youth development and resiliency, offer youth skills and support to increase physical and emotional safety, decrease violence, and lay the foundation for healthy and productive lives. 
To learn more about the AmeriCorps program, you can visit their website: www.bhcamericorps.org or contact Kendra Jennis, AmeriCorps Facilitator at kjennis@csulb.edu.
Happy Holidays from The California Endowment!

As the year comes to a close,
we'd like to share the many ways we're making
Health Happen - in Schools, in Neighborhoods,
and with Prevention - in our
2013 Annual Report.
Victory for Workers Tuesday Night!

It has been almost a year to the date of when Measure N, the living wage for hotel workers went into affect across Long Beach's largest hotels.  Tuesday night, the City Council voted 8-0 to ask the city attorney to draft a living wage for food-service works at the Long Beach Airport and Convention Center!  In addition, the City Council also voted to add a worker retention policy and labor peace agreement to strengthen job security for workers, protect the city's interests, and ensure employers provide workers a fair process to organize.  We are looking forward to 2014, when the living wage comes up for final votes, this has been an significant step forward for working families in our city.  


Upcoming Community Events

Restorative Justice in Schools Training Series
The California Conference for Equality and Justice Presents:

Restorative Justice in Schools Training Series

Community Building Circle Training:
February 14 & 15, 2014 (9am - 4pm)

Harm & Conflict Circle Training:
February 27, 28 & March 1, 2014 (9am - 4pm)

The Community Building Circle Workshop will give participants an understanding of Restorative Justice foundational philosophies, as well as opportunities to both experience and practice leading RJ Community Building circles. Please note, this training is a pre-requisite for the Harm & Conflict trainings. The Harm & Conflict Circle Workshop offers in-depth training and coaching in Harm & Conflict circle-keeping.

Fees for 5-day training: $1,560/team (Approximately $100 per team member per day)

Lunch and Refreshments will be provided. Workshop locations in Long Beach & Los Angeles TBA.

For more information please contact:
Belia Mayeno Saavedra, Restorative Justice Program Strategist
562-435-8184 ext. 226

*In order to best support the integration of RJ practices at your site, we require teams of 3 (1 teacher, 1 administrator & 1 counseling staff person to participate in the trainings.


Job Opportunities

Outreach Coordinator
At its meeting on November 14, the First 5 LA Commission approved funds to begin the implementation of the Building Stronger Families Framework in January 2014. Included in the funding request that was approved were several new positions that will support greater engagement of parents and residents in the work of the Community Partnerships.

The South Bay Center for Counseling has been selected to provide 13 Resident Outreach Coordinators to assist in this work. Coordinators will be needed in 13 of the Best Start community except Metro LA. Please feel free to pass along the attached position description to anyone who may be interested in applying. For more information, applicants should contact Corina Alejandre at the South Bay Center for Counseling at (310) 414-2090.

Contact BHC Long Beach

If you'd like to get involved in BHC Long Beach or would like to know more information, feel free to give us a call, stop by or visit our website.

BHC Long Beach
920 Atlantic Ave, #102
Long Beach, CA 90813

Rene Castro, Hub Manager

Ana Bonilla, Hub Coordinator

Julia Castaneda, Operations Manager

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