City announces grants for businesses affected by crime, vandalism • Long Beach Business Journal

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Small businesses in Long Beach will soon be able to apply for grants to offset costs incurred by the recent rise in property crime and vandalism, city officials announced Friday.

The city has allocated $350,000 from the Long Beach Recovery Act for the Visual Improvement Grant Program. The $1,500 grant will be available to local businesses affected by crime and vandalism after October 1, 2022 and will be used for store repairs, boarding costs, insurance deductibles and business operating expenses, according to the announcement. can.

“Small businesses are a key component of vibrant communities,” said Bo Martinez, Director of Economic Development, in a statement. “This grant opportunity is one of several that the city has provided over the past few years to help small businesses get through tough times and start thriving again.”

Property crimes accounted for nearly 84% of all crimes reported citywide last year, according to Long Beach Police Department data. Property crimes increased by 7.6% last year compared to 2021, with 13,895 reports filed. This is an average of 38 reports per day.

The data showed that 941 reported commercial robberies increased by 26.3% compared to 2021.

The program is part of the city’s efforts to address the homeless crisis, which the city declared a state of emergency earlier this month. City officials noted that while some of the crimes and vandalism reported were related to non-residents of the city, inmates also regularly committed these crimes for a variety of reasons. economic effect. “

The announcement comes just days after popular Beechwood Brewing announced: temporarily close the kitchen Downtown raises several issues, including safety and cleanliness concerns surrounding those experiencing homelessness in the area.

forgive open the application Program activity will be tracked and reported on February 22nd. Long Beach Recovery Act website.

Mayor Rex Richardson said in a statement, “Our small business owners have endured several crises over the past few years while running our stores and keeping our employees at work.” The grant opportunity will allow the City to continue to provide support during this recovery process.”

Beachwood Brewing has temporarily closed its downtown kitchens, citing ongoing safety and cleanliness issues in the area.

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