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Breaking New Ground for Affordable Housing

Release Date: 2019-03-21

At the end of last year, we released the Everyone Home Long Beach Report which created a plan to address homelessness and housing affordability across our city. The plan, the creation of which was led by CSULB President Jane Close Conoley, called for the creation of 2,000 new units of affordable housing by 2023.

Yesterday we took another big step toward that goal when we broke ground on the Spark, a new affordable housing development we invested $3 million in to build. Developed by the outstanding and locally operated LINC Housing, it will not only provide 95 new affordable units, including 47 units reserved for people experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness, it will also integrate education, job training, health services, and a restaurant.

The Spark will include a computer lab, a community garden and private meeting rooms for residents, case management from the County Department of Public Health, free after-school and summer programs provided by LINC, and classes in health, financial literacy, and job skills.

The restaurant, the 456 Deli, will be operated by Mental Health America of Los Angeles on the ground floor and not only bring delicious affordable food to the development but will employ people in recovery from mental illness and homelessness.

The ground floor will also house the YMCA’s Long Beach Youth Institute and a St. Mary Medical Center health clinic.

The Spark is just one of the seven developments in Central Long Beach dedicated to affordable housing for some of our most vulnerable residents. And these new affordable projects, including the Spark, are a crucial piece of our Everyone Home Long Beach campaign.

We are committed to ensuring everyone in Long Beach has a home and I’m grateful to our outstanding partners in this endeavor. We have to thank County Supervisor Janice Hahn for her support of the project, Vice Mayor Dee Andrews for his leadership, of course, LINC Housing and the Mental Health Association of Los Angeles, as well as the many city staff and community partners who worked so hard to bring this to fruition.

There is much more work to do and together I know we can do it.

Go Long Beach!

Mayor Robert Garcia