The City of Long Beach will host a City Council Study Session for the public to share their thoughts on ensuring more affordable and workforce housing, on Tuesday at 5:00PM in the Council Chambers, it was announced. All are invited.

“The City and The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC) have made significant progress in developing quality, affordable housing in Long Beach,” stated the release. “Over the past 10 years, $543 million has been invested in the city to create 1,778 new affordable units, preserve 2,093 existing units and provide 367 silent second mortgages to low- and moderate-income first-time homebuyers.”

The study session will show a presentation of existing, as well as future, housing activities, and discuss strategies for adding more affordable and workforce housing opportunities within Long Beach. A draft report, titled Revenue Tools and Incentives for the Production of Affordable and Workforce Housing, will also be presented to attendees to discuss.

The final report will incorporate the public’s input from the study session, and be presented to Mayor Robert Garcia and city council at a later date to be decided. City council will not take any formal action during the session.

In February of last year, Garcia appointed a study group of 10 members, consisting of residents, city staff, housing advocates, developers and business leaders, to discuss ways to strengthen Long Beach’s supply of affordable housing, according to the release. The group has met on a regular basis for the past year, and will provide their ideas and recommendations for providing affordable housing opportunities in Long Beach.

For more information about this event, contact Andrew Chang at (562) 570-6710 or [email protected].

For more information on housing and community improvement, visit the link here.

City Hall is located at 333 West Ocean Boulevard.

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