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State Senator Secures $2 Million for Affordable Housing

State Sen. Anthony Portantino recently announced that his budget request on behalf of the Burbank Housing Corporation was included in the 2023-24 State Budget.

Portantino’s $2 million allocation request is aimed to assist the BHC create more affordable housing in the city of Burbank.

“The high cost of housing has had a devastating effect on many Californians across the state and within the 25th Senate District,” Portantino said. “As a Burbank resident and a legislator, I am impressed with the BHC, and I hope that it can leverage this modest investment to increase Burbank’s affordable housing inventory.”

The state allocation will go toward a new community development project in Burbank that would create 60 new affordable housing units. Some of those homes will be dedicated as permanent housing for homeless families with children. BHC plans to start construction in January 2026.

“We are truly excited about this new development,” said Sylvia Moreno, executive director of BHC. “On behalf of the Burbank Housing Corporation, I express profound gratitude to Senator Portantino for this significant investment in our new project, which will create 60 affordable housing units. This project is more than just constructing a building; it represents our unwavering commitment to meeting the needs of the most vulnerable.

“We will be dedicating a portion of these units for homeless families with children to provide supportive services so that these families can thrive and build a brighter future. This grant will play a pivotal role in creating affordable housing in our beautiful community of Burbank.”

Burbank Housing Corporation is a nonprofit community housing developer that provides affordable housing and supportive services to low- and moderate-income households in the city of Burbank. Over the last two decades, BHC has expanded its Affordable Housing Program to five Focus Neighborhoods and currently houses close to 900 residents. Currently, they own and manage more than 300 affordable rental units in the city. Additionally, BHC operates two nationally accredited childcare centers, which provide 180 spaces of childcare for children between the ages of 6 weeks old to 5 years old.

First published in the August 19 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

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