Long Beach: City Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of New Affordable and Supportive Housing Development
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City officials and partners celebrate the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Wellspring affordable housing development.
From left to right:
Jeff Williams, Housing Director of Development, BRIDGE Housing; Jeanette Christian, Supervisor Deputy, Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn; Jimena Dake, Project Manager, U.S. Bank; Dr. Maria Chandler, Chief Medical Officer, TCC Family Health; Emilio Salas, Executive Director, Los Angeles County Development Authority; Dr. Suely Saro, Councilwoman, City of Long Beach, Sixth District; Mary Castro, Chair, The Long Beach Community Investment Company; Kenneth Novack, Board Chair, BRIDGE Housing; Alison King, Director, Long Beach Health and Human Services Department; Ken Lombard, President and CEO, BRIDGE Housing; Rex Richardson, Mayor, City of Long Beach; Gregory Brown, Wellspring Resident

Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach today celebrated the ceremonial ribbon cutting for a new affordable and supportive housing development located in the Cambodia Town community, in partnership with its nonprofit affiliate, The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC), the Housing Authority of the City of Long Beach (HACLB), BRIDGE Housing and TCC Family Health.

"Building and maintaining the City's affordable housing options continues to be a leading priority for Long Beach," said Mayor Rex Richardson. "The Wellspring development is another great project that will provide 87 affordable homes and supportive services, enhancing the quality of life for residents and older adults most in need."

Located at 1500 E. Anaheim St., the affordable housing development features 87 affordable rental units for low- and extremely low-income households earning 30% to 60% of area median income, 20 units reserved for older adults formerly experiencing homelessness, and one manager's unit. The housing community consists of a range of one- to three-bedroom apartments, several resident amenities, an expansive roof deck and commercial offices. The modern building design incorporates several sustainable features for enhanced energy efficiency. The project will also feature a health clinic and wellness center operated by TCC Family Health, which is expected to open in the fall.

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"Wellspring and its new residents are a welcome addition to the neighborhood," said Sixth District Councilwoman Dr. Suely Saro. "This development activates a vacant site with much-needed affordable housing and supportive services and enhances the livability of the community."

The development activates the corridor and brings new energy to a long-vacant site owned by the former Redevelopment Agency of Long Beach. In June 2019, The LBCIC approved a $4 million loan to provide gap financing for the $57.7 million residential project. The community health and wellness center has been made possible in part by $1 million in State funding contributed by Senator Lena Gonzalez.

"The LBCIC is committed to investing our resources into developments like Wellspring that help fill the critical need for additional affordable housing in Long Beach," said The LBCIC Chair Mary Castro. "This design, which incorporates support services with residences, adds to the vitality and livability of the neighborhood and will help the community to further thrive."

Founded in 1983, BRIDGE Housing is an award-winning non-profit housing developer that has built more than 17,000 units along the west coast. TCC Family Health was founded in 1939 and is guided by its mission to provide innovative, integrated, quality health care particularly to low-income families and those who are at risk for health concerns.

"Wellspring embodies BRIDGE's commitment to improving lives and strengthening communities with high-quality affordable homes," said President and CEO of BRIDGE Housing Ken Lombard. "The co-location of these 87 affordable apartments with comprehensive health and wellness services will bring long-term benefits to the entire Cambodia Town community. We are grateful to the many partners who collaborated on Wellspring so that families and formerly homeless seniors have a solid foundation to build their futures in Long Beach."

"We are so thrilled that the beautiful Wellspring building is now open. TCC Family Health is thankful to be partnering with BRIDGE Housing to serve this vibrant community and to bring not only health, wellness and healing programs to all ages, but also much needed quality, affordable and supportive housing," said CEO of TCC Family Health Dr. Elisa Nicholas. "We look forward to having our health and wellness center open in September of this year."

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The City of Long Beach remains committed to building and maintaining access to safe, quality housing for residents across all income levels, promoting a diversity of housing types and increasing the feasibility of development of underused sites throughout the city.

For leasing information, including application and floorplans, people can visit wellspring-apts.com or call 562.579.2024. For more information on the City's affordable housing and assistance programs, visit longbeach.gov/lbcd.

About the City of Long Beach
Long Beach is nestled along the Southern California coast and home to approximately 466,000people. As an award-winning full-service charter city, Long Beach offers the amenities of a metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods, culture and community. With a bustling downtown and over six miles of scenic beaches, Long Beach is a renowned tourist and business destination and home to the iconic Queen Mary, nationally recognized Aquarium of the Pacific and Long Beach Airport, award-winning Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and world-class Port of Long Beach.

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