5 Ways to Stay Cool in Scorching Heat

The past few weeks were unseasonably hot in Long Beach and the surrounding areas. Here are some tips for keeping cool. 

Add fresh lemon or mint to your water to liven it up and stay refreshed.

Add fresh lemon or mint to your water to liven it up and stay refreshed.

  1. Pack lots of water when you are on errands or walking. Keep a refillable bottle with you and keep an eye out for drinking fountains. 
     
  2. Stay in the shade between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m when temperatures are highest. Early morning and late afternoon exercise and outings are recommended to avoid peak temperatures. 
     
  3. Keep hydrated. Since the body is sweating more, dehydration can occur. We are more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke when temperatures rise. Drink cool water throughout the day to help bring body temperatures down.
     
  4. Wear loose clothing and stick to cotton and cotton blends. Lightweight fabrics are best. Avoid dark colors that can attract the sun. Opt for colors that are more likely to reflect the sun's radiation such as whites and creams. 
Cotton clothing is breathable and helps keep bodies cool.

Cotton clothing is breathable and helps keep bodies cool.

5.  Limit from salty foods, alcoholic and caffeinated beverages as they can contribute to dehydration. While ice cream and popsicles are tempting, fruit such as cucumbers and watermelon are hydrating and cooling.  

10 Back-To-School Shopping Tips that Save Money

Get everything you need by shopping smarter, or not at all!

It's that time - already! Schools in Los Angeles County are heading back to the classroom this week with Long Beach joining them the week of August 28. Here are some tips from Parenting.com to help save money on school supplies.

Hold off buying trendier gear 

Kids may love a certain lunch box or pencil case they find in July, but once they start school and see that their friends are all using another kind, they'll beg you to upgrade them, and that only results in wasted cash.

Shop end-of-summer sales 

You know as well as we do that kids wear short sleeve polo shirts all year long, so hit the big summer sales and snap up discounted duds that can be worn well into fall.

Stick to the list 

The teacher's supply list at the start of a new school year is daunting enough so don't waste time and money on unlisted items. Extra supplies, while they may be cute, will probably never get used and just leave your pockets empty.

Head to the supermarket for basic supplies 

Check weekly circulars for great deals on pens and loose-leaf paper, and get your weekly grocery shopping done at the same time. Bonus: buying everything in one place will save time and gas money!

Let the kids raid your cabinets

The kids can select home-office supplies and then personalize them in unique ways. For example, decorate inexpensive plain, white binders with digital photos by creating a collage and inserting the page into the plastic outer cover.

Host a back-to-school swap 

Round up a couple of other moms with kids the same gender as yours but different ages, and host an annual clothes swap. Trade toys and books, too! You'll save a bundle.

Plan lunch 

When you're in charge of what your child eats, you'll save yourself money. Check the weekly circulars at your local supermarkets for sales. If turkey isn't on sale one week and ham is, go for the ham!

Buy bright 

Lost school supplies may be a given, but gear that's hard to miss can stave off the inevitable. Pack all their pencils, erasers, and other goodies into a bright backpack or pencil pouch to keep them from disappearing.

Shop the big three 

Old Navy, Gap Kids, and The Children's Place rotate merchandise often. Ask when they do their markdowns so you can grab the deals. Also, if you see an item you bought in the past 14 days on sale later, you can get the difference refunded, you don't need the clothing, just the receipt.

Browse craigslist.org 

Yes, you can find top-quality stuff on the cheap, but you can be a seller, too. Why not get some cash for that barely worn, now outgrown brand-name outfit? Just enter your location and click on "Baby and Kids."

Get on your path to success! Clear Passage Educational Center offers tuition-free high school diploma program

Know any youth ages 14-19 who are in need of a high school diploma but are behind in credits? Clear Passage Educational Center (CPEC) can help get them back on track in Encourage them to enroll today!

 


CPEC is a tuition-free independent study high school that serves youth ages 14-19 (grades 9-12) offering high school diploma completion. Classes are completed at home or at school, online. Extended one-on-one time with teachers is offered as well as college guidance and career prep. Visit www.cpecschool.com and click "Enroll Now" to complete the enrollment interest form, or call 888-502-1116. The support team will reach out with registration information.

Annual Resident Appreciation Party

Long Beach Affordable Housing Coalition (LBAHC) recently held its annual Resident Appreciation Party at The Grand in Long Beach. 

This year's event had a sports theme. Attendees received raffle tickets for sports-related prizes including tickets to a Dodger game. 

This year's event had a sports theme. Attendees received raffle tickets for sports-related prizes including tickets to a Dodger game. 

 

The event featured face painting, a raffle, a magician, dancing and more.  A waffle bar and buffet breakfast rounded out the morning. 

 

The magician levitating an object.

The magician levitating an object.

Resident families shared a fun morning together. 

Resident families shared a fun morning together. 

 

 

Long Beach Affordable Housing Coalition (LBAHC) Awards $22,000 in Scholarships

Fifth annual scholarship program provides scholarships to offset
educational costs

The Long Beach Affordable Housing Coalition (LBAHC) distributed $22,000 in scholarships in our fifth annual program (2016). Recipients include residents of LBAHC properties as well as three members of the Freedom Writers Foundation, an organization that focuses on four main components: teaching training, curriculum, scholarship and outreach.

2016 scholarship LBAHC resident recipients include Nora Amaral, Alexandria Jackson, Juan Garcia, Lilibeth Quinteros, Shanga Jordan, Rhyon Mack, Jonathan Davis, Nykolas Sanchez, Stefan Mitchell. Freedom Writer Foundation recipients include Ricardo Gonzalez, Rael Robinson, and Esmeralda Agredano-Salazar.

Scholarship recipients are currently attending the Healthy Hair Academy;  Marian College;  School of Nursing at Long Beach City College; Cerritos Community College; California State University, Fresno; Humboldt State University; and California State University, Long Beach.

LBAHC created the scholarship program to reinvest in the community and the non-profit’s residents.  This year the program expanded to include participants in The Freedom Writers Foundation, a non-profit created to inspire young, underprivileged students to pick up pens instead of guns. The first 150 Freedom Writers attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach and were taught by the organization’s founder, Erin Gruwell.

“We are incredibly proud of the accomplishments of this year’s scholarship recipients who are pursuing a degrees ranging from nursing to supply chain management,” said Jonathan Newsom, executive director of Long Beach Affordable Housing Coalition. “This year we included three scholars working with The Freedom Writers Foundation as our relationship with the organization is growing.”

The primary goal of the LBAHC scholarship program is to offer financial assistance to qualifying residents for educational purposes. To qualify, LBAHC residents must be at least 16 years of age and possess a high school diploma or equivalent. Applications are currently open to current residents for the 2017 scholarships. Get more information by contacting us at apply (at) lbahc (dot) org. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2017.

Feel-good Efforts Won’t Solve California’s Housing Crisis (The Sacramento Bee)

Construction workers work on the Ice Blocks project, which will bring 150 units of high-density housing to the midtown area of Sacramento-Paul Kitagaki Jr

Construction workers work on the Ice Blocks project, which will bring 150 units of high-density housing to the midtown area of Sacramento-Paul Kitagaki Jr

Two new documents – a report by the state housing agency and Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2017-18 budget – focus harsh economic reality on fanciful political “solutions” to the state’s severe housing crisis. The state has been underbuilding housing for the last decade, ever since an overheated housing market collapsed. [READ MORE]

Brainstorming Session Searches For Solutions To High Housing Costs (KPBS)

Real estate signs advertise the sale of three houses in a row in Encinitas in San Diego County, July 13, 2006. (Associated Press)

Real estate signs advertise the sale of three houses in a row in Encinitas in San Diego County, July 13, 2006. (Associated Press)

A new report finds lack of adequate housing and rising housing costs are resulting in growing inequality and limited opportunity for younger Californians. In an effort to counter the trend, the state's Department of Housing and Community Development will hold a public workshop Monday in San Diego to brainstorm on solutions. [READ MORE]

Environmental, Labor Groups Make Bid to Jumpstart Statewide Housing Debate (SF Business Times)

The letter adds to a state housing debate launched this year with several pending housing (Dennis Mccoy) 

The letter adds to a state housing debate launched this year with several pending housing (Dennis Mccoy) 

SACRAMENTO — A group of environmental and union organizations has approved a general framework to guide debate at the state Capitol over legislation to increase the state's housing supply. The same groups helped defeat legislation by Gov. Jerry Brown last year that would have reduced local permitting requirements for housing projects. [READ MORE]