Councilman Curren Price Provides Updates on Efforts to House Hundreds of Homeless People Living Near the Freeway

During a status conference on Sept. 17, Councilmember Curren Price updated U.S. District Judge David Carter on his plans to provide shelter for an estimated 482 people living within 500 feet of the freeway in District 9. 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other risk factors such as exposure to carcinogens, lead and being hit by cars, Judge Carter ordered last May that the City of LA must relocate 6,000 homeless individuals living near freeways by June 2021. 

Specific to District 9, Councilmember Price has developed a strategy that is expected to provide 750 beds for individuals experiencing homeless currently living along the 110 freeway from Manchester to the I-10 by the summer of 2021.

Below are a few highlights shared this week:

  • A project along 68th Street and Avalon Boulevard, spearheaded by Volunteers of America, St. John’s Well Child & Family Center and with support from the City, is opening its first phase of 100 beds with a clinic onsite very soon. Additional phases will include another 250 plus beds, laundry facilities, as well as storage space and safe parking.
  • A second “A Bridge Home” site, which will house 15 families, will also open next month in October and will include comprehensive cleanup services for the neighborhood.
  • Earlier this week, HOPICS (Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System) launched its “Street to Home” pilot rapid re-housing project in CD 9 and was successfully able to house the first 13 people. Councilman Price’s Office will continue to work with the service provider to ensure they remain on track to house 60 individuals by the end of October. “Street to Home” aims to move entire homeless encampments into apartment units provided the residents agree to the housing opportunity.

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