PRESS RELEASE

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

5/20/2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 52022
Subject:
City of Long Beach Awarded $4.5 Million Grant for Affordable Housing Production
Contact:
Rick de la Torre
562.570.7174
Rick.DeLaTorre@longbeach.gov
Community Information Officer
Department of Development Services




Aerial photo of Long Beach featuring lagoon, housing tracks and the shoreline
Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach has been awarded a $4.5 million grant from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to help fund the development of new affordable rental housing projects in the city.

“This funding will help us continue to provide safe, high-quality, accessible homes to Long Beach residents for years to come,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We’re thankful to the State of California for prioritizing the development and preservation of affordable housing to address this crisis.”

The HCD’s Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) grant provides funding to cities and counties statewide to help finance housing-related projects and programs that assist in addressing the unmet housing needs of local communities and increasing the supply of affordable housing.

PLHA funding is awarded to entitlement jurisdictions based on a federally-prescribed formula over a five-year funding period, as well as to non-entitlement jurisdictions through a competitive grant program. In May 2020, the Long Beach City Council approved a resolution authorizing the City Manager to apply for and execute the standard agreements for PLHA funds. The grant will continue to fund new affordable housing projects in the city through 2025.

As an entitlement jurisdiction, Long Beach is eligible to receive a total estimated $17.5 million in support of affordable housing production efforts. Administered by the Long Beach Development Services Department, this is the second consecutive year that the City has secured PLHA funding. Long Beach was awarded $2.9 million in 2021.

“The City remains committed to improving access to safe, quality housing for residents across all income levels,” said Long Beach Development Services Director Oscar Orci. “We are dedicated to promoting a diversity of housing types and increasing the feasibility of development throughout the city as well as focusing new housing near transit and jobs.”

Since 2020, more than 880 affordable units have been completed or are currently under construction or proposed throughout the city. Last month, the City’s comprehensive Housing Element update was certified by the State. Earlier this year in Midtown, the City celebrated the groundbreaking of Long Beach Senior, a 67-unit affordable housing development and community resource center along Pacific Coast Highway, and commemorated the grand opening of nearby Vistas del Puerto, a new 47-unit affordable housing project.

In September 2017, the State approved Senate Bill 2 (SB 2), known as the Building Homes and Jobs Act, to establish permanent, ongoing sources of funding dedicated to the development of affordable housing. The PLHA program is made available through the passage of SB 2.

For more information on the City’s affordable housing resources, visit the Long Beach Development Services webpage.

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 and Human Services; Parks, Recreation and Marine; Development Services; Public Works and more. The City also has a highly respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, 12 libraries, five golf courses, 169 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 Department 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 longbeach.gov/lbds. Like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.