Wishing You a Warm and Joyful Holiday Season
From all of us at Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach, we would like to extend our warmest wishes to you all during the holiday season! We hope that you all enjoy a restful break with loved ones and we look forward to charging forward in making Health Happen in Long Beach in 2014!
The BHC Long Beach Office will be closed on the following dates:
December 24, 25 & 31
January 1, 2014
Q&A: What's Next for Affordable Housing in Long Beach
By VoiceWaves Reporter Intern Ben Novotny
The nationwide economic crisis may or may not be becoming a distant memory, but a housing crisis still exists within the city of Long Beach.
The Long Beach-L.A. area ranks fourth nationwide and third statewide in housing un-affordability. Twenty-thousand Long Beach families live in overcrowded conditions, and more than two-thirds of the city’s residents are unable to afford a two-bedroom apartment, according to local non-profit Housing Long Beach.
Last week, the city held a study session for the Long Beach City Council around the 2013-2021 Housing Element, a state-mandated general plan that is renewed every eight years.
Housing Long Beach Community Organizer Jorge Rivera and Executive Director Kerry Gallagher spoke with VoiceWaves about what’s next for the Housing Element and how to move forward in improving affordable housing in Long Beach. Their answer are featured below.
[READ THE FULL STORY ON VOICEWAVES]
Season's Greetings from the Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan
As we close out 2013, I want to thank you for supporting the City of Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan. The process of developing the City’s first comprehensive Violence Prevention Plan is in the final stages. Together, we worked hard in 2013 to accomplish the following:
- 35 Steering Committee Members from various governmental and non-governmental agencies including city residents met quarterly to oversee the creation of the Plan
- 20 City Staff from various departments met quarterly to coordinate existing services and address gaps related to violence prevention
- 562 people attended four citywide Violence Prevention Community Input Forums
- 565 people participated in specialized Violence Prevention Focus Groups
- 445 people completed the Violence Prevention Community Survey
- 120 existing violence prevention and intervention community programs were inventoried as a part of the Community Resource Guide formation
I am pleased to announce the following information is now online for public use. Please click the links and take a look.
Writing a Citywide Plan to prevent violence is no easy feat, but together we have accomplished our goal. We look forward to celebrating the adoption of the Plan in 2014.
Tracy M. Colunga, MSW
Violence Prevention Coordinator
From all the LBVPP Staff, Consultants, and Interns, we would like to wish you all a safe and wonderful Holiday Season!