Long Beach is thriving. From new jobs and booming construction to important infrastructure improvements and new investment opportunities, the city is undoubtedly growing. And with this growth comes the need for ensuring economic inclusion and a broader range of housing types that serve the needs of all our residents. Working families, seniors, veterans, students, and individuals with disabilities all deserve a safe, comfortable, and affordable place to call home in our city.
Over the past several years, housing burdens have become increasingly urgent nationwide, particularly in California, where rising costs and limited supply are taking their toll on lower- and middle-income families alike. A 2017 report on rental rates found a housing vacancy rate of 4.6 percent and a 4.1 percent increase in median rents citywide.