Congresswoman Richardson Announces Long Beach Awarded $9 Million in HUD Grants

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Congresswoman Laura Richardson

Congresswoman Laura Richardson

Congresswoman Laura Richardson announced Tuesday that Long Beach has been awarded $9.09 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These grants were awarded through three different HUD programs targeted at providing decent housing and living environments for low- and moderate-income persons. Grants were awarded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), and HOME awards. Congresswoman Richardson tirelessly fought for the $9 million grant on behalf of California’s 37th District.

“With the many challenges that families have faced both as a result of the recent recession and, in many cases, long-term local economic issues, the ability for them to keep their homes despite financial difficulties has become a serious problem in a lot of communities, including many in the 37th District,” Congresswoman Richardson said. “It is vital for the livelihood of our neighbourhoods and the people who call them home that affordable quality housing is available.”

The three grants being awarded to Long Beach include:

  • A Community Development Block Grant for $6.07 million, which will be used by the city to provide decent housing and to expand economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income residents in the District.
  • An Emergency Shelter Grants award for $675,000, which is for improving the quality and number of emergency homeless shelters by providing annual grants to state, local and private entities.
  • A HOME program grant for $2.3 million, which Long Beach will use to expand its supply of decent, affordable housing to low- and very low-income residents.

“These grants will help the city in keeping our neighborhoods healthy and happy by both providing suitable housing and expanding economic opportunities,” Congresswoman Richardson added. “I am proud to have helped lead the fight to provide adequate funding for the programs that made these grants possible.”

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