Council Approves City-County Joint Effort to Add Emergency Housing

The temporary shelter will house up to 92 men and 23 women providing them with counseling, storage, support and hygiene services

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday (14-0) to approve Councilmember José Huizar’s motion to create another temporary shelter for people experiencing homelessness at a privately owned building in Downtown Los Angeles. The item was previously approved by the Council’s Homelessness & Poverty Committee on February 20th.

Councilmember Huizar’s motion, which he introduced in January, is a City-County effort to further address homelessness in Downtown Los Angeles. The proposal calls for approximately 115 emergency shelter beds with services at 1426 Paloma Street in Council District 14.

“The City Council recognizes the great need for expanded emergency shelter and services throughout Downtown Los Angeles and, indeed, the entire City,” said Councilmember Huizar. “This joint effort, with the support of Mayor Garcetti and County Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, will help approximately 115 men and women get the emergency housing and services they need. While our long-term goal remains supportive housing with services through Measure HHH, this is another definitive step forward in addressing homelessness.”

Funding for the site and the lease agreement is being executed through Mayor Garcetti’s “A Bridge Home” program. Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember Huizar successfully opened the pilot Bridge Home site in September at El Pueblo, also in Downtown Los Angeles. The Paloma Street location would likely be the third A Bridge Home facility to open in the City and the second in Council District 14.

Los Angeles County, under the leadership of District 2 Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, will fund the critical services for those staying at the future site through Measure H dollars. Measure H, approved by voters in March 2017, will enable LA County’s Housing for Health Division and the nonprofit “Home at Last” to provide Paloma residents with essential wraparound services.

Councilmember Huizar is the co-author of Measure HHH and was the first City Councilmember to work with the Mayor to bring emergency 24/7/365 city sponsored bridge housing with supportive services to his council district. Huizar also called for a triage-like response to the homeless crisis in and around Skid Row.

In addition to today’s action, the Mayor and City Council placed $10 million in the City budget for emergency response to areas of high concentration, like Skid Row. Another $20 million in state funding for emergency response to homelessness has been directed by the Mayor and City Council to go toward the Skid Row area.

Around A Bridge Home facilities, the City focuses extra sanitation and police resources, as well as targeted outreach to people encamped in the surrounding area. Ninety days prior to a Bridge Home facility opening, outreach teams are deployed to inform people living in the surrounding area of housing options that are available to them and offer an opportunity to sign-up for the Bridge Home’s waitlist. Once opened, each of the beds located in the facility are assigned and each of the individuals housed is assigned a dedicated caseworker who assists with connecting them with services, such as a job training, addiction programs, therapy, as well as transitioning into supportive housing.

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