Seniors, Veterans, Disabled Residents Protest Downtown Long Beach Rent Hike

Aug. 10, 2018 / By and

On Aug. 9, tenants and housing rights advocates rallied outside the Lexanna Apartments in downtown Long Beach, protesting what they call an unjust rent hike. Many of the residents affected, who are seniors, veterans and disabled, received notices in June of rent increases ranging from $200 to $450. Fearing going homeless due to the inability to affordable the rent hike, the tenants hope to negotiate with the property owner before September, which is when the increase will take effect.

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Crystal Niebla

Crystal was raised in South Los Angeles and is the first college graduate in her family. She is a class of 2016 CSULB graduate who has served as an editor for her campus newspaper and freelanced for the Long Beach Post and Random Length News. Crystal is now a Report for America corps member, covering the Westside for the Long Beach Post. Follow her work @crystalniebla on Twitter and @crystalniebla_media on Instagram.

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Cornelia Nicholson is a recent journalism graduate from Cal State Long Beach. Ever since she can remember, Cornelia has always wanted to be a reporter. Realizing at such a young age her passion for reading and writing, she hasn't wanted to do any other career. She loves to create videos and be in front of a camera. Her favorite part of journalism is interviewing and getting a chance to hear someone's story. This Orange County native is also a big music fan. When she's not writing, editing or shooting, you probably will see her at a music festival or concert!