Native American Heritage Month

Join us in celebrating Native American Heritage Month!

Each November, we honor and uplift the traditions, languages, stories, and valuable contributions of the Native American and Indigenous people. This month also reminds us of our nation's violent history of broken treaties, dispossession of ancestral lands, and assimilation policies, all intended to displace and destroy the Native populations and their ways of life. Yet, despite this painful past, Indigenous peoples' heritage and traditions persevere.

May their strength and endurance inspire us all.

To celebrate Native American Heritage Month, check out the news and resources below!

City of Long Beach Equity Timeline

VIDEO: City of Long Beach Native American Heritage Month Celebration

LA County Board of Supervisors Recognize Native American Heritage Month

LA County Board of Supervisors Adopt a Countywide Indigenous Land Acknowledgement Policy

Tongva Land Conservancy

Long Beach City College Native American & Indigenous Heritage Events

Office of Equity & City Updates

Volunteers Needed: 2023 Long Beach Homeless Count

The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is seeking community volunteers for the 2023 Long Beach Homeless Count. This annual event seeks to survey and count all people experiencing homelessness in Long Beach. The 2023 Homeless Count will take place on the morning of Thursday, January 26, 2023 at The Grand Long Beach (4101 E Willow St.).  

The Count is a communitywide effort that provides a hands-on opportunity to hear directly from people experiencing homelessness and partner in improving the services and solutions we offer. Data from the Homeless Count are vital for allocating federal, state, and local resources, determining gaps and needs, and guiding policies and programs to address homelessness in Long Beach. Please sign up using this link.

City Launches Sidewalk Vending Survey

The City of Long Beach invites the community to take the Sidewalk Vending Survey, now available at, to provide their input on the future of sidewalk vending in Long Beach.

Now through Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, community members may complete the survey online. Those without computer access can visit an open Long Beach Public Library location to take the survey at one of the available public computer labs or complete a paper survey. Both the online and paper surveys are available in English, Spanish, Khmer and Tagalog.


Findings from this survey will help inform the development of the sidewalk vending regulations in Long Beach. Information on survey findings and future community engagement opportunities will be available early next year.

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Equity Spotlight

Every month, our newsletter will introduce you to the incredible people and innovative programs that are advancing equity across the City. This month, we are highlighting the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Equity Grants. 

The Health Department has selected and awarded a total of $3,027,921 in funding to support community organizations implementing health equity-centered programs that address the impacts of COVID-19 in the most at-risk, historically underserved, and under-resourced communities in Long Beach.  

Twenty-one (21) Projects were selected to receive funding, as they address factors such as social and economic stability, systemic barriers and racism that contribute to a health condition and work to improve the outcomes of that condition. The projects all focus on neighborhoods and communities that have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Services to be funded include: COVID-19 Education and Vaccination Outreach, Chronic Disease Prevention and/or Management, Mental Health Supports or Trauma-Informed Responses, Parent and Child Health, Physical Activity and Engagement, Safe Neighborhoods and Violence Prevention, and Meeting Basic Needs. 

Read more on the Health Equity Grants here.  

Organizations with contracts to engage in technical assistance will begin intake assessments during the fall. A complete list of grant recipients is available on the Health Equity Projects Awardee List.

Programs, Announcements, & Upcoming Events

Long Beach Veterans Day

The City of Long Beach proudly presents the 2022 Veterans Day Celebration, a community celebration honoring U.S. military service members, taking place Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Houghton Park (6301 Myrtle Ave).   

This year’s event will feature live musical performances by Knight Ryder and local Long Beach DJ Dennis Owens, as well as a resource fair with various community organizations providing services and resources for veterans, a kid zone and food trucks. 

For more November events, take a look at the City of Long Beach event calendar!

Long Beach Recovery Act Program Updates

Long Beach Resource Line

The City of Long Beach has expanded its LB Resource Line, an informational hotline that provides free and confidential support to anyone who lives, works, learns or plays in Long Beach and needs assistance finding and accessing local community resources and social services. The LB Resource Line launched in March 2020 during the COVID-19 Safer-At-Home health orders to connect older adults to critical pandemic-related information, resources and services. The line has now expanded its services to provide support to all Long Beach residents, and callers can now connect in real time with a professionally trained Resource Navigator for support. The LB Resource Line is available by calling 562.570.4246 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Callers who are unable to connect to a Resource Navigator during normal business hours may leave a voicemail and their call will be returned within 24 hours. Residents can also submit an Assistance Request Form online to connect with a Resource Navigator and receive information and assistance in topics such as: Housing, Food access, Physical and mental health, Utilities, Transportation, and Legal Aid. 

Guaranteed Income Pilot, Long Beach Pledge Website

The City of Long Beach launched a new website for its upcoming Guaranteed Income Pilot Program, Long Beach Pledge, which will provide up to 250 Long Beach families living at or below the poverty line and residing in the 90813 zip code the opportunity to receive $500 a month for 12 months. The application for eligible residents is anticipated to launch sometime in November and will be publicly announced. The Long Beach Pledge will serve single headed families with children living at or below the poverty line in the 90813 zip code. More program details, including eligibility, are available on the Long Beach Pledge website at Long Beach residents interested in participating in the program or learning more should sign up for the newsletter to receive program updates and further details when available, which will include information about the official application period, commencement of payments and other key program milestones. 

Long Beach Launches Recovery Act Data Dashboard  

The City of Long Beach has launched the Recovery Data Dashboard, a new tool for Long Beach community members to track spending and key performance and equity metrics related to the Long Beach Recovery Act. The Recovery Data Dashboard is part of the City’s efforts towards enhancing transparency for the Long Beach Recovery Act to ensure a results-driven, equitable and transparent approach to Recovery funding. The dashboard offers interactive features allowing the public to explore various data elements including the ability to disaggregate data by program, race/ethnicity and program status. The dashboard will be updated quarterly with the next update available in February 2023. To learn more about the Long Beach Recovery Act Dashboard, visit

City Launches Long Beach Collaboratory Smart City Initiative Program  

The City of Long Beach is launching its new Smart City Initiative program, the Long Beach Collaboratory (LB Co-Lab), to engage residents with civic technology design and equip them with technology skills to thrive in our “smart” economy. The LB Co-Lab will engage local Long Beach stakeholders in a collaborative community engagement process to scope and implement a pilot technology project. The technology implemented through this program will ensure the City invests in technology enhancements based on community-identified needs, while also teaching community members about technology design and development.To learn more about the Smart City Initiative, including guiding principles, pilot programs and exciting new projects, go to the Smart City Initiative webpage. To read more about the LB Co-Lab, please visit

Equity and Human Relations Commission

The Mission of the Equity and Human Relations Commission is “to inspire and support social justice and equity in the City of Long Beach and foster mutual understanding and respect for all.” 

This week, the Equity and Human Relations Commission will meet in-person to convene Part Two of their Visioning Retreat. 

When: Saturday, November 12, 2022, from 10 am-2 pm  

Where: 4900 E Conant Street, Building O2 (back building) 2nd Floor, Rooms 208 & 209 Long Beach, CA 90808 

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