Councilmember Curren Price, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and Supervisor Hilda Solis celebrated on Thursday, March 5 the completion of the first A Bridge Home shelter in District 9 called “Bringing Hope to Hope Street.” The facility at 2817 S. Hope St. is the twelfth to open in Los Angeles as part of the City’s homeless shelter program.
The structure in South LA will temporarily house 100 homeless men and women from the community and help them transition into permanent supportive housing. Volunteers of America will provide case management onsite, as well as assistance finding housing, jobs and other services.
“’Bringing Hope to Hope Street’ is not just a shelter, but rather a reminder that we must never lose hope,” said Councilman Price. “Here, our formerly homeless neighbors will find refuge, comfort and healing. Most importantly, they'll be on the path to stability, independence and a new life. We know that this may only be one chapter in their lives but this is not the end of their story.”
In 2018, Mayor Garcetti launched A Bridge Home, an emergency bridge housing plan to provide homeless Angelenos in each Council District a temporary place to live and receive supportive services until they are connected with permanent housing.
"Angelenos are coming together to confront the homelessness crisis by providing housing, healing, and hope," said Mayor Garcetti. "The opening of 'Bringing Hope to Hope Street' is the latest reminder that we are deploying resources and forging partnerships to bring our unhoused neighbors indoors now."
The latest Bridge Home project is on County-owned property. The land previously served as one of four County parking lots for the H. Claude Hudson Comprehensive Health Center. The County agreed to lease the land to the City of Los Angeles at no cost.
“Homelessness continues to be the defining moral issue of our time. As we move forward, it is crucial that we leave no stone unturned in our effort to combat homelessness in LA County and that includes repurposing under-utilized County properties, such as parking lots, that could be transformed into the supportive and interim housing that our region so desperately needs,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, who represents the First District where this new housing project is located. “I will continue to work with our partners, including the City of Los Angeles, Volunteers of America, St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, and other service providers as we confront our growing homelessness crisis head-on. We will not rest until every County resident has a safe and warm place to sleep at night.”
The “Bringing Hope to Hope Street” facility includes a pet area and outdoor eating area, a community room, bathrooms, showers, laundry facilities, storage space and 24-hour security. Moreover, individuals moving in will have access to job training opportunities, life skills, and haircuts. The site will also offer pet care, including vaccinations, spaying, neutering and grooming services. Volunteers of America – Los Angeles (VOALA) will oversee the day-to-day operations.
"VOALA is excited to partner with CD 9 and Councilman Curren Price on this vital project to help and give hope to our communities’ most vulnerable,” said Orlando Ward, Executive Director of External Affairs. “The Hope Street location will provide superior case management with a state-of-the-art facility and strong community partnerships to offer a way out of street homelessness within The NEW 9th."
St. John’s Well Child and Family Center will serve as a medical home for the residents moving in. The organization will provide a full range of medical, dental, behavioral health and pharmacy services through its mobile clinic or at 18 sites throughout South LA.
“The effort to develop bridge housing in the 9th Council District, and throughout the City, is a critical lynchpin in tackling the homeless crisis. Providing transitional and temporary housing to thousands of homeless individuals and families across the City will allow people to stabilize, receive services and secure permanent supportive housing,” said Jim Mangia, St. John’s Well Child and Family Center President & CEO. “St. John’s is honored to partner with Councilman Curren Price in providing healthcare services to individuals experiencing homelessness who will finally be housed through the bridge housing project in South LA. We applaud his efforts to be one of the first Council Districts to develop this project.”
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