PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

6/26/2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 062619-2
Subject:
Affordable Housing Offers Independence for Individuals with Special Needs
Contact:
Rick de la Torre
Development Services
562.570.7174
Richard.delaTorre@longbeach.gov




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

“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.

The event, featuring 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% of the area median income (AMI); and rents will be based on 30% of household income.

“I am excited to celebrate the grand opening of HOPE on Redondo here in the third district,” said Councilwoman Suzie Price. “This development adds housing as well as focusing on the necessary on-site supportive services people with disabilities depend on. 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.”
hope on redondo grand opening

In April 2018, The LBCIC approved a loan of approximately $875,000 for the purchase and rehabilitation the property at 116 Redondo Ave.

“The LBCIC is proud to invest our resources to expand the supply of decent, safe, affordable housing in Long Beach,” said John Thomas, The 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 as access to intensive services and case management will take place at the Harbor Regional Center. 

“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.”

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.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Development Services

Serving residents, businesses, and the community at large, the award-winning Long Beach Development Services sets a standard for high-quality, innovative urban planning and livability efforts that create more progressive and sustainable communities within the diverse City of Long Beach, CA. Through a variety of development, code enforcement, housing and neighborhood services, and building activities, the department builds a better future for the City while also honoring its unique past. For more information, visit www.longbeach.gov/lbds. For the latest news and updates, keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter.

About The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC)

In pursuit of the City’s goals to eliminate blight, create economic opportunities, provide affordable housing, and revitalize neighborhoods, The LBCIC advises the Long Beach City Council regarding delivery of housing and neighborhood revitalization services, use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, and ongoing administration of the City's affordable housing funds.

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