Affordable housing is a constant struggle for many who live in Long Beach. Government guidelines state that affordable housing is defined as being no more than 30% of your monthly income. For far too many, that is a challenge. Speaking with NewsLongBeach about affordable housing were Kerry Gallagher,Executive Director of Housing Long Beach and Michael Bohn, Design Director for Studio One Eleven, a Long Beach architectural firm.
Michelle Zenarosa is a media-maker committed to building alternative and vibrant community media platforms. She has worked as a journalist for over a decade at various media outlets that include local newspapers, news wires and industry trade magazines, as well as non-profits like the Asian Pacific American Legal Center. Growing up in the diverse Southern California area, she is dedicated to grassroots community-based journalism at the local and hyperlocal level, where she believes it has some of the most direct impact. She has been a facilitator for storytelling by youth in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Palestine.
Michelle received her bachelors in Journalism and Peace Studies at Cal State Long Beach and masters in Public Affairs Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her work has also been featured in independent magazines like Left Turn, $pread, Make/Shift and MaximumRocknRoll as well in the PBS docu-series "America By The Numbers."