Long Beach Homeless Coalition hosts Long Beach Mayoral Candidate Forum on October 5 

Price, Richardson to address Long Beach voter’s number one issue at virtual event 


[LONG BEACH] — The Long Beach Homelessness Coalition (LBHC) will host its first public Long Beach Mayoral Candidate Forum on Homelessness on Oct. 5, 2022 from 10-11:30am. Third District Councilwoman Suzie Price and Ninth District Councilmember/Vice Mayor Rex Richardson have committed to participate in this virtual forum. 

Homelessness ranked as the number one issue driving voters in the June 7 primary in Long Beach, according to a poll released by the Long Beach Center for Urban Politics and Policy at Cal State Long Beach. And findings of the 2022 Homeless Point in Time Count revealed that Long Beach identified 3,296 people experiencing homelessness in the city, up 62% from the previous count in 2020. The LBHC Mayoral Candidate Forum will be a critical moment for these candidates to communicate directly with homeless service providers, concerned citizens, and members with lived experience about the issue that is defining the city. 

“Members of the Long Beach Homeless Coalition are committed to ending homelessness in our city by working in partnership with homeless services providers, members of the community and city officials,” LBHC President Paige Pelonis said. “It is important that we build a strong partnership and work together with the next Mayor of Long Beach to bring our neighbors off the streets, provide them with the services they need, and prevent individuals from losing stable housing in the first place.” 

The virtual forum will stream online and registration is open to the public. To register for the Zoom Webinar click here or stream live from the LBHC Facebook page.

Forum moderator Paige Pelonis is LBHC President and Executive Director and Founder at CityHeART. She also serves as Commissioner on the County of Los Angeles Commission for Public Social Services. 

Members of the community are encouraged to submit questions for the candidates, for consideration, to lbhomelesscoalition@gmail.com by Monday, October 3. 

About Long Beach Homeless Coalition 

The Long Beach Homeless Coalition is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose members include concerned citizens, homeless service agencies, and representatives of government, religious, and civic organizations. We are housed, homeless, and formerly homeless all working to coordinate services, find and fill gaps in needs, and determine ways to end homelessness in Long Beach. You can learn more about the Long Beach Homeless Coalition at http://www.homelesslb.org. 

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For Immediate Release 

Contact: Paige Pelonis, LBHC President 

Long Beach Homeless Coalition 

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