On May 10, the Los Angeles City Council approved the emergency bridge housing facility on 2817 S. Hope St. in District 9 to help people living in nearby encampments.
The local temporary housing program will provide beds for up to 100 homeless men and women at a time. The new bridge housing site will also offer storage for residents, toilets, showers, laundry facilities, meals and 24-hour security.
“With our City facing such an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, we are making strides in the right direction to house our most vulnerable members of the community,” Councilman Price said. “The Hope Street facility will not only offer a safe place for people to lay their heads, but more importantly it is a space that is being built on compassion, hope and a clear pathway toward the restoration of dignity.”
Currently, there are more than 3,200 homeless individuals residing in District 9. The Hope Street site is located in an area of the City where there are more than 1,000 homeless individuals living within a 1.5 mile radius.
To respond to the crisis and immediate need for shelter, Councilman Price sought $6 million to establish the temporary bridge housing facility in his District.
The temporary facility in District 9 is part of a City and County of Los Angeles collaboration and will be funded through Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “A Bridge Home” program. The citywide effort aims to get Angelenos off the streets and on a path out of homelessness and into supportive housing until permanent housing is secured. As part of this plan, there will be increased Sanitation and Police services, as well as comprehensive outreach to engage homeless individuals living in close proximity to the CD 9 bridge housing site.
To learn more about “A Bridge Home,” visit www.lamayor.org/ABridgeHome