The People's Budget Proposal
Creating a safe environment for children and their families is a community-wide responsibility. That means not only ensuring our neighborhoods and streets are safe, but that the living conditions inside our homes are as well.
When the quality of the housing in our neighborhoods crumble, families suffer. Every infestation that festers or basic utility that goes unfixed means children can no longer safely play, students don’t have a focused environment to study, and people cannot get the time they need to rest peacefully.
According to the latest City of Long Beach Housing Element, 4 out of 5 of the city’s “Very Low Income” households experience one or more housing problems, including cost burden, overcrowding, or substandard conditions. In addition, there are no local tenant protections against retaliation when tenants contact code enforcement to report health and safety violations.
Although there is a clear need to hold slumlords accountable to improve housing conditions, the city’s code enforcement bureau is under-supported to address the number of code violations that currently exist and allow people to easily get the information they need.
With a well-resourced and publicly accessible housing code enforcement and disclosure system, code inspectors would be able to effectively do their job and ensure fines are issued and collected appropriately. This would create a self-funded system that becomes more efficient over time and gives residents the peace of mind they deserve.
The People's Budget Solution
We ask the city council to adopt a city budget that includes initial funding for a well-resourced and publicly accessible housing code enforcement and disclosure system, including additional code enforcement staff.