The community is invited to learn and share ideas for improving the City’s affordable and workforce housing, by attending the Mayor’s Affordable Housing Study Group (Study Group) at a Housing Resource Fair and Community Forum on Saturday, September 24, at the Jenny Oropeza Community Center at Cesar E. Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave. The Housing Resource Fair begins at 10:00 am; the Community Forum at 11:00 am.
“This event will give our residents a great opportunity to discuss their concerns and provide the Study Group with feedback,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Residents will also be able to access essential resources and information on several City programs and community organizations.”
The event will feature free resources and information on housing and community improvement, homeless services, code enforcement, the five-year Consolidated Plan development, Safe Long Beach, and several other City programs and initiatives. The event will also include exhibit booths from participating organizations, including Housing Long Beach, the Long Beach Fair Housing Foundation, and Building Healthy Communities Long Beach. Light refreshments will be provided, and translation services will be available in Spanish, Khmer, and Tagalog.
In February 2016, Mayor Garcia appointed a 10-member Study Group, consisting of residents, City staff, housing advocates, developers, and business leaders, to discuss opportunities for strengthening the City’s affordable and workforce housing market. The Study Group has met regularly for the past six months, and will provide recommendations and ideas for providing increased affordable housing opportunities in Long Beach.
The City and The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC) have made significant progress in developing quality, affordable housing in Long Beach. Over the past 10 years, the City has added 1,828 new affordable units, preserved 2,093 existing units, and provided 335 silent second mortgages to low- and moderate-income first-time homebuyers.
For more information about the Housing Resource Fair and Community Forum, contact Andrew Chang at 562.570.6710 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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