Emergency Shelter will house 60 individuals and provide beds, storage, hygiene facilities and supportive services
Councilmember José Huizar introduced a motion Tuesday to provide temporary emergency shelter on City property for individuals experiencing homelessness in Downtown Los Angeles. Working closely with Mayor Garcetti, Huizar’s legislation outlines a project that would provide trailers complete with emergency shelter beds, storage, personal hygiene facilities and supportive services at Parking Lot 5, located at the El PuebloMonument at 711 N. Alameda Street. The site will have 24-hour security with controlled access.
“If we’re going to adequately address the homelessness crisis in the City of Los Angeles, we must continue to pursue creative approaches,’” said Councilmember Huizar. “Mayor Garcetti and I share the goal that whether we’re talking about permanent supportive housing or temporary emergency housing, we need to offer those services throughout the City. While permanent supportive housing begins to be constructed through Measure HHH, trailers like the ones we’re proposing offer a temporary means to alleviate the number of unsheltered individuals living on the streets.”
The temporary shelter is expected to consist of three leased 24’ x 60’ housing trailers; one leased 24’ x 60’ office trailer for administrative work and case management services; and one leased 12’x 60’ hygiene trailer with restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. Ongoing services will be managed by a non-profit service provider identified by and under contract with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). Participants will be actively case-managed toward long-term stabilization and permanent housing.
The total cost to construct the shelter and operate for six months is $2 million. Approximately $2 million is available in savings from Fiscal Year 2016-2017 City General funds allocated to LAHSA. The motion also requests LAHSA to report back with recommendations to fund the shelter after the six month period. Other funding for the program could come from the Los Angeles County’s Measure H.