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.
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 email@example.com 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: