By Samantha Mehlinger – Staff Writer, Long Beach Business Journal
Housing Long Beach (HLB) is advocating priorities to be included in the city’s updated Housing Element draft, which is being reviewed by the city’s planning commission and released to the public June 20. The non-profit HLB pushes for affordable housing development in Long Beach, citing Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) estimate that the city must create 4,009 affordable units of housing by 2021 to meet the needs of residents.
At a May 8 press meeting, HLB released a report about housing issues in Long Beach pertaining to the Housing Element. According to the document, 47 percent of residents in Long Beach pay more than 35 percent of their income on rent. Affordable housing, as defined by the federal government, should cost no more than 30 percent of a person’s income.
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