PRESS RELEASE

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

3/24/2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 032417
Subject:
City of Long Beach Celebrates Groundbreaking of Habitat Homes for Lower-Income Families
Contact:
Jacqueline Medina, Communications
Long Beach Development Services
562.570.3827
Jacqueline.Medina@longbeach.gov




The City of Long Beach, in partnership with The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC), Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) and Edison International (Edison), today celebrated the groundbreaking of four single-family homes that will provide the opportunity for lower-income families to purchase their first home.

“The City is proud to work with Habitat LA to create this homeownership opportunity for four deserving families,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This effort is another example of how strongly the City values its commitment to provide affordable and workforce housing to the families of Long Beach.”

Located at 1950-1960 Henderson Avenue, the development site consists of two properties conveyed to Habitat LA by The LBCIC, which provides assistance to housing developers for the construction or rehabilitation of affordable housing. Habitat LA has targeted this area of Long Beach as a focus community, and has built several other single-family residences throughout the neighborhood as part of its $20 million commitment to revitalize the Washington Neighborhood.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the groundbreaking of these Habitat homes in our community,” said Councilmember Dee Andrews. “These homes will be a great help in the continued improvement of the livability and sustainability of the neighborhood.”

Habitat LA will oversee the construction of the single-family residences, using sustainable materials and environmentally friendly building and landscaping practices, as well as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) energy efficient standards.

“It brings us great satisfaction to take part in such a rewarding endeavor,” said John Thomas, The LBCIC Chair. “The LBCIC is dedicated to investing our resources to remove blight, transform properties, and accommodate vital uses that allow Long Beach to continue to flourish.”

Habitat LA plans to complete at least 54 homes in this area through its Neighborhood Revitalization initiative: building strong and stable homes in partnership with families, individuals, volunteers, municipalities and donors; and enhancing the strength and stability of the community.

“We are so excited to be breaking ground on four more affordable homes in the Washington Neighborhood and are grateful for our partners in this community revitalization,” said Erin Rank, President & CEO, Habitat LA. “Our affiliate’s roots are deep in the City of Long Beach, and we are committed to helping families and continuing to strengthen this community.”

In addition, Habitat LA will continue the effort to increase affordable housing opportunities during its five-year, $100 million Building a Greater Los Angeles campaign.

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About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. As the top nonprofit homebuilder in the greater Los Angeles area with five consecutive Charity Navigator 4-Star ratings, Habitat LA has partnered with volunteers, donors and Habitat homeowners to build, renovate and repair more than 1,000 homes locally and worldwide since 1990. The lives of thousands of individuals have been transformed as a result of having a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes and pay an affordable mortgage. By supporting Habitat LA through volunteerism, donations and supporting affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the stability and self-reliance they need to build a better future. To learn more, visit www.habitatla.org.