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Special Needs

Built in 1929, The Palace is an historic, two-story building located on Anaheim Street in Long Beach. Once a hotbed for crime, the hotel was purchased by the City of Long Beach at a delinquency sale in April 2004, sold to the Long Beach Housing Development Company (LBHDC) in September 2005, and transferred to the partnership in June 2010. LINC Housing restored and renovated the Palace Hotel to serve as a home to transitional age emancipated foster youth (18-24 years old) — one of the most vulnerable populations in our county. The Palace has achieved a LEED Platinum certification.

United Friends of the Children (UFC), a nonprofit dedicated to serving Los Angeles County foster youth, indicates that 50 percent of all youth exiting the foster care system will become homeless within the first six months of leaving care. LINC has partnered with UFC to change this disturbing statistic by meeting the critical housing, education, and skills needs of transitional age emancipated foster youth. Residents have their own private and safe apartment at the Palace Hotel and participate in the dynamic and comprehensive Pathways Transitional Living Program, developed and operated by UFC.

The hotel rooms have been converted into 14 efficiency apartments to provide each youth a cozy and private space of their own. The ground floor’s big windows look out onto the busy Anaheim corridor, which provides easy access to transportation, grocery stores and job opportunities. The first floor space is used to house social, educational and skill building opportunities. A resident manager has her own apartment and offers 24-hour emergency support. A community room, rooftop patio, private counseling rooms and computers provide space for services that these youth need in order to make a smooth transition. The Palace’s rooftop also houses the solar panels to generate renewable energy for the building and reduce electricity costs.