Motels ➡️ HousingRelease Date: 2019-04-16
One of my top priorities as Mayor is to reduce homelessness and make sure all Long Beach residents have a home. To do that, we’ve got to create more transitional and permanent supportive housing, and some of the older motels in our city could be a good source of future transitional housing.
In fact, many motels are already used unofficially as transitional or temporary housing for the homeless, but they don’t have social services and other supports that help people stay off the streets permanently. Further, while many motels in Long Beach are well managed, we know that many are not – creating a public safety concern and generating calls for service that are taxing our public safety system.
That’s why the City of Long Beach proposed and initiated Senate Bill 450, a motel conversion bill that would streamline the conversion of some motels into transitional and quality supportive housing. This state legislative proposal ensures that all local permitting processes remain in place so that projects will still be fully vetted.
We are extremely grateful to State Senator Tom Umberg for authoring this legislation on behalf of the city.
Senator Umberg understands that we are in a housing crisis, and dated regulations are a real barrier to creating the housing we need. He’s taken a leadership role in bringing state regulations up to date so that cities like Long Beach can develop the strongest possible approach to building new housing and rapidly reducing homelessness.
Converting motels into supportive housing will not in itself solve our housing or homelessness crisis. There will still be much work to do, which is outlined in the Everyone Home report created by the Everyone Home task force I convened last year. But SB 450 is a big piece of the puzzle. It will enable us to help many more people experiencing homelessness in Long Beach into housing and opportunities for health, wellness, learning and employment.
My thanks to Senator Umberg for sponsoring this important bill. I also want to thank State Legislative Committee Chair Al Austin and the rest of the committee for advocating for the bill.
You can read more about the Everyone Home task force here.
Go Long Beach!Mayor Robert Garcia