Newport Beach is out of compliance with laws that require the city to address regional housing needs, according to state officials. Local affordable housing advocates say the city has done little to help the many low-income workers who work in fields like food service and housekeeping in the wealthy community.
“They’ve done virtually nothing to meet the needs of people with very low-incomes,” said Scott Darrell, executive director of the Kennedy Commission on Affordable Housing. “There are a lot of jobs in Newport Beach that are low-income — day-care providers, maids, certainly hospital workers. The city has not provided for the working families of their community.”
Bustling Fashion Island, with its many low-wage cashier and food service jobs, and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian employ many workers who cannot afford to live in the same city where they work, Darrell said.