PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

9/17/2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 091719
Subject:
Long Beach First City in Los Angeles County to Receive Funding from Planning Grants Program
Contact:
Rick de la Torre
Department of Development Services
562.570.7174
Richard.delaTorre@longbeach.gov




The City of Long Beach has been awarded a $625,000 grant from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to support projects that increase housing stock and address homelessness in the city. Long Beach is the first city in Los Angeles County to receive funds from the state’s SB 2 Planning Grants Program.

“Creating more quality, affordable housing is one of the City’s top priorities,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We have a responsibility to ensure that no one in our vibrant community is left behind, and that means making housing options accessible to all. This grant will help us sustain those priorities.”

The majority of funding will support a plan to rezone the Anaheim Street corridor from outdated stand-alone commercial zoning and usage into opportunities for mixed-use residential development. This rezoning, which was based on a needs assessment and an opportunity analysis for housing development, would alleviate overcrowding and rental cost burden in the area through the construction of several thousand market-rate and affordable apartment and condominium units. The transformation would also create walkable communities for current and future residents.

“Long Beach continues to evolve as a desirable place for residents,” said Linda F. Tatum, Director, Department of Development Services. “This state grant supports our efforts as a City to create affordable housing that strengthens our neighborhoods and commercial corridors.”

The funds also will support planning efforts at the Century Villages at Cabrillo (CVC), a community that provides affordable housing and supportive services to people overcoming homelessness. CVC anticipates adding 1,000 more housing units in the city.

The third project supported by the grant is the City’s proposed year-round homeless shelter and bridge to permanent housing in North Long Beach. The funds will be used to conduct community outreach and engagement for the shelter.

For more information on affordable housing in Long Beach, visit: www.longbeach.gov/lbds/hn.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Development Services

Serving residents, businesses, and the community at large, the award-winning Long Beach Development Services sets a standard for high-quality, innovative urban planning and livability efforts that create more progressive and sustainable communities within the diverse City of Long Beach, CA. Through a variety of development, code enforcement, housing and neighborhood services, and building activities, the Department builds a better future for the City while also honoring its unique past. For more information, visit www.lbds.info. Like our Facebook page and “follow” us on Twitter.

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