• Matt Esnayra

Long Beach Convention Center to welcome migrant children this week

Photo courtesy of City of Long Beach

As Long Beach makes the final preparations for sheltering almost 1,000 unoccupied migrant children this week, city officials announced on Monday the launch of an online portal with information about how residents, enterprises, and groups can help migrant children who HHS will temporarily house at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Why it matters:

Monday's announcement arrives two weeks after the Long Beach City Council voted to approve the conversion of the convention center into a temporary shelter for migrant children until August 2nd.

  • Children are expected to begin arriving at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shelter sometime this week.

  • The City says HHS's shelter will not impact COVID-19 vaccination clinic operations currently underway at the Convention Center.

How its going to work:

While HHS handles the cost and operation of the shelter, The Migrant Children Support Fund has been established by the Long Beach Community Foundation to receive contributions from those who wish to help.

  • Donations to this fund are tax-deductible and can be made online or by mailing a check to the Long Beach Community Foundation. Check donations should include "Migrant Children Support Fund" on the check designation.

  • Businesses and organizations interested in providing complementary services at the HHS shelter should complete an interest form, which will be submitted to HHS for review and consideration.

Examples of services include:

  • Food/meal services

  • Education

  • Recreation

  • Mental health

  • Entertainment

  • Family reunification

  • Child supervision

  • Legal services

  • Religious services

  • Language translation

  • Case management

  • Facility set-up assistance

  • Health care

Personal Volunteer Opportunities:

People interested in volunteering should submit a volunteer interest form with their name and contact information, and HHS will be in contact as opportunities are identified.

  • Volunteers may be utilized for several activities and services, which HHS will head. Additional information on these opportunities will be provided at a later date.

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