A Model for Serving Homeless Students

The Mary McLeod Bethune Transitional Center has earned a national Recognition of Excellence award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for creating “an innovative facility to serve and educate homeless children.”

Through partnerships with the Century Villages at Cabrillo, Boeing and Verizon, the Long Beach Unified School District has provided the Bethune Center, where about 400 homeless students each year receive referrals for health exams, tutoring and mental health counseling, and receive hot meals, transportation and necessities such as school uniforms, backpacks, hygiene packs, school supplies and books.

The award was presented during a luncheon marking the 40th anniversary of the federal Community Development Block Grant program. Century Villages received $1 million in CDBG funds for acquisition and construction. Learn more at the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission website, lacdc.org.

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