New affordable housing offers independence for individuals with special needs

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New affordable housing offers independence for individuals with special needs

 City officials and new residents of a five-unit affordable-housing development in east Long Beach celebrate the grand opening of the complex, which will provide homes for low-income adults with developmental disabilities earning 30 percent of the area median income.

City officials and new residents of a five-unit affordable-housing development in east Long Beach celebrate the grand opening of the complex, which will provide homes for low-income adults with developmental disabilities earning 30 percent of the area median income.

Courtesy City of LB

City officials and new residents of a five-unit affordable-housing development in east Long Beach celebrate the grand opening of the complex, which will provide homes for low-income adults with developmental disabilities earning 30 percent of the area median income.

Courtesy City of LB

Courtesy City of LB

City officials and new residents of a five-unit affordable-housing development in east Long Beach celebrate the grand opening of the complex, which will provide homes for low-income adults with developmental disabilities earning 30 percent of the area median income.

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The City of Long Beach, in partnership with its nonprofit affiliate, The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC), joined with developer HOPE, Inc. Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the grand opening of a five-unit affordable-housing development in east Long Beach.

The event, which included elected officials, agency representatives and community leaders, took place at Trolley Park, adjacent to the property at 116 Redondo Ave. The recently rehabilitated two-story development will provide homes for low-income adults with developmental disabilities earning 30 percent of the area median income, and rents will be based on 30 percent of household income, according to city officials.

“People with special needs are part of the fabric of our community, and this development creates essential housing opportunities for them,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

Councilmember Suzie Price, whose 3rd District includes the development, said she is excited to celebrate its grand opening.

“This development adds housing, as well as focusing on the necessary on-site supportive services [that] people with disabilities depend on,” Price said. “Housing is an issue statewide, of course, but adding essential services into the project goes a very long way to ensure these new tenants are well taken care of.”

In April 2018, the LBCIC approved a loan of approximately $875,000 for the purchase and rehabilitation of the property.

“The LBCIC is proud to invest our resources to expand the supply of decent, safe, affordable housing in Long Beach,” said John Thomas, LBCIC chair. “This much needed project will offer our most vulnerable residents a wonderful home and a greater quality of life.”

On-site support will be made available to the residents through disability services provider Ambitions, Inc. and access to intensive services and case management at the Harbor Regional Center, officials said.

Beyond the financial support for this project provided by The LBCIC, HOPE received funding from community donors, as well as The Ahmanson Foundation, Opus Bank Community Foundation, Union Bank Foundation, Del Harbor Foundation, Bank of the West Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation,and Bess J. Hodges Foundation, according to officials.

“The value of empowering individuals with developmental disabilities to live as active and contributing members of their communities is at the very heart of HOPE,” said Kristin Martin, executive director of HOPE, Inc. “And there is no doubt– creating opportunities for people to live as independently as possible, and having a place to call home, changes a person’s life.”