Habitat For Humanity breaks ground on Henderson Avenue

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henderson avenue groundbreakingOn Saturday, February 27, 2010 the public is invited to the groundbreaking ceremony for the Habitat for Humanity Housing Developments and the celebration of street and sidewalk improvements on Henderson Avenue.

The projects are part of the community revitalization efforts in the Washington School Housing Action Plan (HAP) focus area.

The groundbreaking celebration will signify the start of development on three single-family homes at 1486 & 1494 Henderson Avenue and adjacent vacant lots by Habitat for Humanity, in partnership with the Long Beach Housing Development Company.

It will also be a call to action for sponsors and volunteers, and an invitation to residents to sign up for homeownership opportunities.  Each of the homes will be sold to very low-income first-time homebuyers.

At the same time, this will be a celebration to showcase street and sidewalk improvements along Henderson Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets. This public improvement project greatly benefits the neighborhood by providing improved parking while also enhancing safety for vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians. The improvements include street repaving, installation of new sidewalks; tree planting, improved traffic circulation (one-way traffic), and angled parking.

The project was made possible through a capital improvement grant in the amount of $225,000 from the Workforce Housing Rewards Program of the California State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and rewards the City’s efforts in developing affordable housing.

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place with Mayor Foster Saturday, February 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at 1486/1494 Henderson Avenue (corner of Henderson Avenue & 15th Street). Councilmember Garcia and representatives from Habitat for Humanity and the Long Beach Housing Development Company will also attend.

About the Long Beach Housing Action Plan

In 2004, the City of Long Beach adopted a Housing Action Plan (HAP) to serve as a framework for the allocation of scarce housing resources.  Its intent is to maximize investment of these resources to benefit as many residents as possible, and at the same time, revitalize and stabilize Long Beach neighborhoods.

Three neighborhoods were selected as HAP focus areas as described below:

  • Washington School (Anaheim Street – Pacific Coast Highway (PCH)/Magnolia Avenue-Long Beach Boulevard)
  • Central (PCH-Willow Street/Pacific Avenue-Western boundary of Signal Hill) with emphasis on the western sub area (PCH-Hill Street/Pacific Avenue-Atlantic Avenue)
  • North Long Beach King School (Artesia Freeway-Greenleaf Boulevard (North City limits)/Delta Avenue-Long Beach Freeway)

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