Mayor Garcia to Host Community Forums on Building Workforce & Affordable Housing

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Mayor Robert Garcia will host three community forums to discuss building workforce and affordable housing. In his 2015 State of the City address, Mayor Garcia announced that he was forming a Housing Study Group, chaired by former Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, to review policy ideas that would support the building of quality housing for working families, seniors, students, and veterans.

Mayor Garcia and the Housing Study Group will host three community forums on affordable and workforce housing (see dates below), providing opportunities for public input from residents, advocates and developers to inform a report to be produced later this year.

“Building quality workforce and affordable housing for seniors, students, and working families is an important issue facing the city,” Mayor Garcia said. “Our economy is growing, unemployment is historically low, home values are up, and we are building quality housing across the city. As we grow, we need to make sure that our economy is working for everyone, and that all our residents have access to quality housing.”

The City of Long Beach has made significant progress in providing affordable housing. Over the past 10 years the city has built 1,828 new affordable units, preserved an additional 2,093 units and provided 335 First-Time Homebuyer 2nd Mortgages.

Housing affordability continues to be one of the most challenging issues facing California. This challenge is made more difficult by the end of Redevelopment Agencies, which were one of the main funders of affordable projects. As new market rate developments have accelerated in Long Beach, particularly in and around downtown, and older properties are upgraded, the city needs to ensure that we continue to build quality affordable and workforce housing.

The dates and locations of the three forums are:

Mayor’s Roundtable with Housing Advocates:
Monday, September 19, 6:00-7:30pm – Mark Twain Library Community Room
1401 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90813

Community Forum and Resource Fair:
Saturday, September 24, 10:00am-1:00pm – Jenny Oropeza Community Center at Cesar Chavez Park
401 Golden Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

Mayor’s Roundtable with Developers:
Friday, October 14, 1:00-2:00pm – Michelle Obama Library
5870 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90805

These forums are open to all and no RSVP is required. However, if anyone is interested in learning more about this initiative, they can email mayor@longbeach.gov.

The Mayor’s Study Group has been meeting for the last six months; its members include:

Bonnie Lowenthal, Chair
Josh Butler
Rene Castro
Jenny Chheang
Brian D’Andrea
Porter Gilbert
Andy Kerr
William Moore
Christine Petit
Patrick Ure

The Study Group is expected to complete its work after the public forums and make recommendations to the Mayor before the end of the year.

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