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The Community Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Alliance (CERRA) was created in response the the COVID-19 Pandemic to immediately support the needs of the community. Our main initiatives involved Emergency Support, Food Security and Housing Security.

Emergency Community Support

To immediately support community recovery, we sometimes offer community grants to non-profit organizations. Dispersing funds through grant opportunities, agencies can allocate the funds to programs that are experiencing an increase in demand. More agencies working together allows residents to more easily accessing services they may not have needed in the past. Previous accepted agencies have ranged from food pantries to senior services, domestic violence services and more. For more information on any available opportunities, please see our announcements page or click HERE.

Food Security Program

Grocery Vouchers Initiative

To immediately support community recovery and increase food security, we provided grocery vouchers and administrative support to selected community partners across Long Beach in addition to direct distribution by LBCAP. The partnering agencies were chosen based on their current work addressing issues around poverty and have deep ties to the communities they serve. Each community partner received a total of $30,000 in food vouchers to support individuals and families who experienced financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Food Distribution

To immediately support community recovery and increase food security, we hosted and supported large food distributions. We partnered with a local restaurant turned community kitchen to provide 3000 meals over the the course of three months. We also brought a food bank to North long beach and distributed 1,000 food packages for a drive-thru event to support families and individuals who experienced financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Housing Security Program

Rental Support Program

To immediately support community recovery and increase housing security, we provided rental assistance payments for residents and administrative support to selected community partners across Long beach in addition to direct distribution by LBCAP. Residents that qualified and impacted financially by the COVID-19 Pandemic were eligible for a one time rental-payment of $1,000 towards their current or past due bill.

Energy Program

To immediately support community recovery and increase housing security, we provide financial assistance to offset the increased costs of home utility bills due. Eligible residents of Long Beach and the Eastern Los Angeles Border can receive utility payments on gas or electric bills, and can receive minor home repairs at no cost to make the home more energy efficient.

 

 

Contact Us

117 W. Victoria St
Long Beach, CA 90805
Phone: (562) 216-4600