Homelessness is at crisis levels, increasing by 23% between 2016 and 2017. The City of Los Angeles has been working very hard to identify locations to establish temporary crisis and bridge housing options via Mayor Garcetti's "A Bridge Home" initiative. This is a unique opportunity to utilize this program, coupled with funding from voter-approved Measure H, to bring a temporary bridge housing facility to an area in need. A community open house was held on May 8, 2018 to provide initial details about the proposal, and additional discussions have been held with community stakeholders.
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COUNCILMEMBER O'FARRELL INTRODUCES MOTION THAT COMPLETES FORMAL STUDY ON FIRST PROPOSED “A BRIDGE HOME” FACILITY IN THE 13TH DISTRICT
Facility would temporarily house up to 70 people; provide supportive services
AUGUST 28, 2018 - Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District, on Tuesday introduced a motion that completes the City’s formal review of a proposed temporary bridge housing facility in Hollywood, which aims to be the second temporary housing facility built in the city as part of Mayor Garcetti’s “A Bridge Home” program.
The proposed facility, which must still be approved by City Council, would temporarily house up to 70 people at a time; provide supportive services such as case management, mental health services, alcohol and drug addiction programs, and employment counseling; include 24/7 security; and would be operational for up to three years.
“We need more immediate solutions to get homeless individuals off the street and into a safe, clean environment,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “We are moving forward together, and my office has been meeting with stakeholders adjacent to this parking lot, located at 1533 Schrader Boulevard. The response has been positive -- and the community understands we need to act.”
“This crisis demands bold steps to get people off the streets and into housing as quickly as possible,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "Councilmember O’Farrell’s leadership will deliver results for the men and women living on the streets of Hollywood today, who will soon be able to take their tents down and build themselves up. Our city will be safer, cleaner, and more just because of it.”
More than three-quarters of Angelenos voted in favor of Measure HHH (2016) to provide funding to construct up to 10,000 units of housing for those experiencing homelessness, and went even further and approved Measure H (2017) to provide funding for on-site services for the permanent housing and shelters. In addition, the Mayor and City Council approved $20 million in the City’s Budget to provide funds for this emergency temporary housing program plus an additional $10 million dollars for supplemental homeless services.
“This program will transform our ability to address and manage the homelessness crisis in Hollywood,” said Kerry Morrison, Executive Director of the Hollywood Business Improvement District. “The partnership with the City of Los Angeles, People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), and Hollywood’s The Center at Blessed Sacrament will create a safe space for the entire community. We have more work to do, but this is a fantastic start and badly needed.”
“Hollywood has been without this type of facility since 2016, forcing those seeking a bed or temporary housing to be referred Downtown and neighboring areas,” said Leron Gubler, President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. “A better option must be made available within our own community, and 1533 Schrader presents the city with a viable solution to this pressing issue. We are proud to support the proposed development of a temporary bridge housing facility on the Schrader lot and are eager to see the City Council move forward with this desperately needed facility as soon as possible.”
“Bridge Housing is part of an integrated solution that will have an almost immediate ripple effect on managing the homeless crisis in our area,” said Ferris Wehbe, longtime community leader, business owner, and Hollywood resident.
Contingent on Council approval, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is recommending that the proposed facility be operated by two seasoned service providers with roots in Hollywood: PATH and The Center at Blessed Sacrament.
“Establishing this type of facility and program in Hollywood is the right thing to do,” said Yolanda Brown, Parish Director at Blessed Sacrament. “We must continue to find ways to offer assistance and hope to those who want and deserve our help. This bridge housing facility will go a long way in those efforts.”
The motion will next be heard in the Homelessness and Poverty Committee, and then to Budget and Finance Committee, prior to being considered by the full City Council. If approved by Council, construction could begin as early as October and completed in January 2019, with the facility opening shortly thereafter.
TEMPORARY BRIDGE HOUSING FACILITY 1533 Schrader Blvd (City Parking Lot 649) Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why are you putting temporary bridge housing in my neighborhood? This location is being studied for “bridge” housing, not the nightly housing that most people think of as a traditional “shelter.” Bridge Housing residents have met basic permanent housing program eligibility requirements and are actively working with case managers to locate permanent housing.
2. Why here? Why can’t you put it somewhere else? This crisis affects all neighborhoods, and to solve this crisis we will need multiple sites in multiple neighborhoods. Locations are being considered across the city, and Council District 13 (which represents most of Hollywood) is looking for additional locations within the district.
3. What happens to the existing parking? 50 of the 55 existing parking spaces are leased by a local organization on a monthly basis. Arrangements are being made to replace this parking at nearby site(s).
4. How long will this be in existence, and what happens to the site after? This facility is proposed to operate at the site until 2021, in accordance with California Government Code 8698.4 related to the declaration of a “shelter crisis,” which is effective until January 1, 2021. Additionally, Councilmember O’Farrell is interested in exploring long-term housing options (likely either affordable or permanent-supportive housing) at this location.
5. Will there be security? Yes. There will be security on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Mayor has also committed additional City resources to the surrounding area to ensure a safe, clean environment.
6. How will an operator be chosen? The non-profit operator will go through an application process with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) to ensure it is operating at the federal, state, county and city guidelines.
7. Will there be further community meetings or forums? We plan to continue to discuss this topic with the community in a variety of formats. To stay updated with future meetings, or to request a meeting, please contact Dan Halden at firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 207-3015.
8. I support this proposal. What can I do to help? Thank you! Please send us a message to find out how you can become involved.
Rendering of proposed Bridge Housing structure in Hollywood: