Community Development

Affordable Rental Housing



As a progressive and diverse urban community with approximately 470,000 residents, housing is of the utmost importance for the City of Long Beach. All residents, including working families, older adults, veterans and individuals with special needs deserve a safe, comfortable place to call home and grow roots within the city. The City offers a variety of resources to help provide housing opportunities to residents at various income levels. 

Projects typically begin when the City, through The Long Beach Community Investment Company, makes funding available through a competitive Notice of Funding Availability, or NOFA. Developers then identify a potential project and identify all the funding needed to finance the project. Learn more about how supported affordable housing projects are funded. View A Decade of Affordable Housing publication to learn more about the City's efforts and see below for additional information.

WHAT IS AFFORDABLE HOUSING?

Affordable housing is generally defined as housing for which an occupant pays no more than about 30% of their gross income for housing costs, including utilities. Income-restricted affordable housing developments are financed with special federal, state and local funding programs, which have favorable loan terms that allow the developer/owner to charge lower affordable rents to qualified lower-income households.

DO I QUALIFY?

The City provides financial assistance for affordable housing developments in Long Beach. Each of these projects has different income and affordability requirements, and the eligibility criteria and application process vary based on the type of funding that was used to develop the project.

Income limits are published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development and the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) on an annual basis based on median income by county.  Income limits can be found on the HCD website

HOW DO I APPLY?

The City is committed to developing and maintaining a variety of affordable housing options. The list below is available to help guide residents in their search for housing within the city. For specific information regarding eligibility requirements and availability, please contact the independent facility directly. Each facility maintains its own independent waitlist.

View A Workshop on How to Navigate Affordable Housing

Upcoming Developments

View a map of affordable housing developments currently underway in Long Beach.

  • 4151 E. Fountain St.: This four-story affordable housing community will offer 72 apartment homes for families including 18 homes for households in which one or more individuals has a disability, plus one property manager’s unit for a total of 73 homes. Construction is slated to begin in early 2025 with anticipated completion in late 2026.

  • 5571 Orange Ave.: Eight, two-story townhomes featuring a mix of three and four bedrooms that will provide homeownership opportunities to eligible low-income families. Construction slated to begin in Fall 2024 with an estimated completion date of 2026.

  • 225-227 E. 15th St.: Seven, two-story townhomes featuring three bedrooms that will provide homeownership opportunities to eligible low-income families. Construction is slated to begin in early 2025 with an estimated completion date of late 2026.
  • Heritage Gardens: Four-story, 68-unit apartment complex for older adults and senior veterans. Estimated completion Spring 2024.
  • The Cove: Four-story, 89-unit apartment complex for low-income veterans and veterans who are experiencing homelessness. Estimated completion Spring 2024.
  • Harbor Yard Apartments: Five-story, 192-unit apartment complex for individuals and families. Estimated completion Fall 2024.

For general information regarding affordable housing in Long Beach, please contact the Housing and Neighborhood Services team at 562.570.6949. You may also contact the City’s Housing Authority, which provides high-quality housing assistance for low-income households, at 562.570.6985.