Mary's Homelessness Plan
HOUSING & SHELTER BEDS
As our Councilmember, Mary will work to build more affordable housing units, and she will ensure that new developments fit the character of our city’s unique neighborhoods. She will also fight to expand the number of emergency shelter beds and permanent supportive housing units in order to meet the demand in our region.
Mary believes it’s critical that we get anyone who is experiencing a mental health crisis off the streets and into a hospital, shelter, or another treatment facility immediately. She supports fixing our system of supportive services in order to expand access to mental health care and drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs.
OUR MOST VULNERABLE
Nearly one quarter of Los Angeles County’s homeless have a physical or developmental disability and nine percent are children. On the City Council, we can count on Mary to ensure that all of our neighbors — especially the most vulnerable – have the resources and attention needed to live with the dignity that they deserve.
Long Beach is home to dozens of dynamic non-profit and faith-based organizations that are providing frontline services to our city’s homeless. Mary believes we can improve services and reduce homelessness by forging better coordination between these groups and by pushing our state and federal leaders to help them secure new sources of funding.