City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 032124
City to Host Outreach Events in April to Commemorate Community Development Week
Public invited to celebrate 50 years of funding by the Community Development Block Grant Program
Rick de la Torre
Community Information Officer
Community Development Department

Aerial photo of Long Beach with cityscape.
Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach will commemorate 2024 National Community Development Week with several outreach events from April 1-6 to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.

“The funding we’ve received has been a catalyst for transformative change in Long Beach,” said Mayor Rex Richardson. “These vital resources have been invested back into our community, enhancing our infrastructure, creating jobs, and drawing new investments. The CDBG Program has improved the quality of life for so many of our residents in some of our most underserved areas.’’ 

Led by the Community Development Department, a total of five workshops and community meetings are slated during the week to showcase and gather input on the annual grant program that provides Long Beach and more than 1,200 local governments nationwide with funding to improve the physical, economic and social conditions of communities. 

Long Beach has used its CDBG funding to support land acquisition for affordable housing, single-family housing rehabilitation programs, public infrastructure projects, small business assistance, rental housing assistance and a broad range of public service programming for low- and moderate-income residents. For the 2023-24 fiscal year, the City received a total of $5.2 million for various activities, including the Home Improvement Roof Grant Program, which provides eligible owner-occupied, single-family residence property owners with up to $20,000 in grant funding for the rehabilitation or replacement of their home roof. 

The CDBG Program, enacted by Congress in 1974 under the Housing and Community Development Act, is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which also provides funding for the HOME Investment Partnership Program and Emergency Solutions Grants Program, both of which Long Beach also participates in.

“The successful housing developments and improvement projects we’ve achieved simply would not have been possible if not for the CDBG Program,” said Christopher Koontz, Community Development Department Director. “We are proud of our accomplishments and the smart and practical ways we have put federal dollars to work on behalf of Long Beach and its neighborhoods.”

The 2024 Long Beach Community Development Week’s schedule of events is as follows:

How to Navigate Affordable Housing Virtual Workshop
Monday, April 1, 6 to 7 p.m.
Join online or by phone at 213.338.8477. Meeting ID: 959 3769 5937
A virtual presentation on affordable rental housing in Long Beach. Attendees will learn about the City’s affordable housing projects, have the opportunity to ask questions of City staff and more.

First-Time Homebuyer Community Workshop
Tuesday, April 2, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Mark Twain Neighborhood Library (E. 1401 Anaheim St.)
An in-person workshop where attendees will learn about the City’s First-Time Homebuyer Assistance Program, including eligibility details and the application process.

Fair Housing Workshop 101
Wednesday, April 3, 3 to 5 p.m.
Long Beach City Hall (411 W. Ocean Blvd., 2nd Floor, The Beach Conference Room)
An in-person workshop hosted by the Fair Housing Foundation for tenants, landlords, property managers, realtors and others interested in learning about fair housing laws, rent increases, evictions process and more.

Fiscal Year (FY) 2024-2025 Action Plan Virtual Meeting
Thursday, April 4, 6 to 7 p.m.
Join online or by phone at 213.338.8477. Meeting ID: 985 3302 7669
A virtual presentation and opportunity for the community to provide input on how federal funding should be prioritized for the City’s FY 2024-2025 Action Plan.

FY 2024-2025 Action Plan Community Meeting
Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m. to noon.
Admiral Kidd Park Community Center (2125 Santa Fe Ave.)
An in-person community meeting featuring a presentation and opportunity for attendees to provide input on how federal funding should be prioritized for the City’s FY 2024-2025 Action Plan. 

Additionally, in commemoration of Community Development Week, a special proclamation will be presented at the April 2, City Council meeting. For more information about Community Development Week events, contact the Housing and Neighborhood Services Bureau at 562.570.6949. For more information on the City’s affordable housing and assistance programs and the work of the Community Development Department, the community can visit

About the City of Long Beach
Long Beach is nestled along the Southern California coast and home to approximately 466,000 people. As an award-winning full-service charter city, Long Beach offers the amenities of a metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods, culture and community. With a bustling downtown and over six miles of scenic beaches, Long Beach is a renowned tourist and business destination and home to the iconic Queen Mary, nationally recognized Aquarium of the Pacific and Long Beach Airport, award-winning Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and world-class Port of Long Beach.

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