Community Development

Affordable Rental Housing

The Beacon is an affordable housing community that opened in 2020 in downtown Long Beach.

The Community Information Meeting hosted by the City on March 26, 2024, at the Expo Arts Center featured two PowerPoint presentations on the proposed affordable family housing at 1131 E. Wardlow Road.

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As a progressive and diverse urban community with approximately 470,000 residents, housing is of the utmost importance for the City of Long Beach. All residents, including working families, older adults, veterans and individuals with special needs deserve a safe, comfortable place to call home and grow roots within the city. The City offers a variety of resources to help provide housing opportunities to residents at various income levels. 

Projects typically begin when the City, through The Long Beach Community Investment Company, makes funding available through a competitive Notice of Funding Availability, or NOFA. Developers then identify a potential project and identify all the funding needed to finance the project. Learn more about how supported affordable housing projects are funded. View A Decade of Affordable Housing publication to learn more about the City's efforts and see below for additional information.


Affordable housing is generally defined as housing for which an occupant pays no more than about 30% of their gross income for housing costs, including utilities. Income-restricted affordable housing developments are financed with special federal, state and local funding programs, which have favorable loan terms that allow the developer/owner to charge lower affordable rents to qualified lower-income households.


The City provides financial assistance for affordable housing developments in Long Beach. Each of these projects has different income and affordability requirements, and the eligibility criteria and application process vary based on the type of funding that was used to develop the project.

Income limits are published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development and the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) on an annual basis based on median income by county.  Income limits can be found on the HCD website


The City is committed to developing and maintaining a variety of affordable housing options. The list below is available to help guide residents in their search for housing within the city. For specific information regarding eligibility requirements and availability, please contact the independent facility directly. Each facility maintains its own independent waitlist.

View How to Navigate Affordable Housing Workshop 

Upcoming Developments

View a map of affordable housing developments currently underway in Long Beach.

Affordable housing projects currently under construction are also listed below.
  • Wellspring: Five-story, 88-unit mixed-use complex for low-and extremely low-income households and older adults who have previously experienced homelessness. Estimated completion 2023. Now accepting pre-applications! To learn more, visit
  • Heritage Gardens: Four-story, 68-unit apartment complex for older adults and senior veterans. Estimated completion Estimated completion 2023.
  • 26 Point 2: Five-story, 77-unit apartment complex for individuals experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness. Estimated completion 2023. 
  • The Cove: Four-story, 89-unit apartment complex for low-come veterans and veterans who are experiencing homelessness. Estimated completion 2023.

For general information regarding affordable housing in Long Beach, please contact the Housing and Neighborhood Services team at 562.570.6949. You may also contact the City’s Housing Authority, which provides high-quality housing assistance for low-income households, at 562.570.6985.