Addressing Homelessness

With the passage of Measures HHH and H, the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County are leading extraordinary initiatives to successfully address the housing and homelessness crisis affecting our communities. Together, we will make significant progress and ensure our most vulnerable constituents are provided with opportunities we all want and deserve. I thank you for your patience and understanding and look forward to continuing this dialogue with you.

As we move forward with A Bridge Home in Council District 15, I would like to keep you abreast of the developments for each site. Here are a few recent highlights:

 

A Bridge Home, Watts

2316 Imperial Hwy, Los Angeles

Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) property, LA County Jurisdiction

  • The feasibility study of the site was completed and the report can be found here.  
  • Information Fair: In October 2018, in partnership with fifteen service-based organizations, city and county departments, and the office of Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, we hosted our Information Fair at the WLCAC, providing vital information to dozens of attendees about A Bridge Home, its location and operations, and additional services provided to the surrounding community.
  • Site Service Provider: Working with the County, we have selected The People Concern as our service provider for the site. They will lead the efforts in providing mental health, substance abuse, housing, and job readiness services. The lead service provider has the opportunity to extend its partnership with other service-based organizations depending on the need of the clients.
  • Property Development:  In December 2018, the Board of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) authorized the necessary lease agreement with the City to begin development of the Bridge Home site.
  • Permitting:  City staff has initiated the plan review and permitting process to secure the necessary City and County approvals.

 

A Bridge Home, San Pedro

515 S Beacon Street, San Pedro

Caltrans Property, City of Los Angeles Jurisdiction

  • The Bureau of Engineering completed an initial evaluation of the site, however,  due to storm damage repair and restoration for slope stability led by Caltrans, the site plans are being re-evaluated.  
  • November 27, 2018: In partnership with 27 service-based organizations, city and county departments and the office of Supervisor Janice Hahn, we hosted our Information Fair at the Boys and Girls Club of the LA Harbor, providing vital information to 340 residents about A Bridge Home, its location and operations, and additional services provided to the surrounding community.
  • We are in the process of selecting the service provider, working in partnership with the Supervisor’s office. Once the search is finalized, the selection will be publicized.

 

A Bridge Home, Wilmington

828 Eubank Avenue, Wilmington

  • The site continues to be occupied by the ILWU, however, they hope to move to the ILWU Dispatch Hall on Broad Ave once the renovations are complete by March.
  • The City of LA received a right of entry from the property owner to complete an initial assessment.

 

All sites require a thorough process to ensure they are suitable for this use. Many of you have questions about the operations and services at the site. Here are a few facts:

  • Each location will have comprehensive full-service programming (mental health workers, substance abuse counselors, housing referrals, resources, and case management) on-site as well as full-time on-site private security.
  • Three months prior to the opening of the site there will be heavy outreach to homeless individuals in the surrounding community as a means of matching people to this facility through the county's Coordinated Entry System (CES). Different outreach teams and service providers, led by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), are working on a collaborative, coordinated outreach approach.
  • 30 days after opening of each site, the area will see a significant increase in sanitation resources, with cleanup services 5 days per week.
  • Each site will receive a dedicated, 24/7 LAPD unit (car, bike, foot beat, or a combination) to patrol the surrounding neighborhood.