Long Beach, CA
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File #: 20-0586    Version: Name: DS - RES/Interim Housing
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 6/15/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 7/7/2020 Final action: 7/7/2020
Title: Adopt resolution directing the Director of Development Services to submit the Ordinance amendments to the California Coastal Commission for a finding of conformance with the Certified Local Coastal Program. (Citywide)
Sponsors: Development Services
Attachments: 1. 062320-H-11sr&att.pdf, 2. 070720-H-13sr&att.pdf, 3. RES-20-0078.pdf
Related files: 20-0585
TITLE
Adopt resolution directing the Director of Development Services to submit the Ordinance amendments to the California Coastal Commission for a finding of conformance with the Certified Local Coastal Program. (Citywide)

DISCUSSION
This proposed Ordinance will expand the locations where emergency shelters, interim and supportive housing, safe parking, and social services may be established within Long Beach. This Ordinance also includes operating and performance standards to protect adjacent uses and communities from any impacts from these interim housing uses. Within Long Beach, over 20,000 households are housing insecure, and an estimated 4,000 people in the city experience homelessness each year (Everyone Home, 2018). Given the recent economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of individuals and families facing housing insecurity will likely increase. The reasons for housing insecurity are complex and varied and include, but are not limited to: poverty, unemployment, housing affordability, substance abuse, mental health problems, abuse, reentry from incarceration, divorce, death of a family member, and disability.

In May 2018, in recognition of this complex statewide problem and its effect on Long Beach, the Everyone Home Initiative was started by Mayor Garcia. In December 2018, the City Council received the recommendations of the Everyone Home Task Force Report (Report). The Report established goals and actions that could be taken to enhance the City’s response to housing insecurity. It included implementing the housing first model and improving coordination between departments, agencies, and nonprofit partners. At the direction of the City Manager, Planning Bureau staff evaluated the City’s zoning standards for the various housing types (emergency shelters, transitional housing, and supporting housing) and services necessary to assist persons who are housing insecure.

Everyone Home Task Force Report

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