Councilmember Huizar joined Mayor Garcetti, other elected officials and John Maceri, Executive Director of The People Concern to open the City’s first “A Bridge Home” emergency, temporary shelter.
The City’s goal for this temporary shelter located at El Pueblo, the birthplace of Los Angeles, is to serve as a place of rebirth for people experiencing homelessness and put them on a path to recovery and long-term housing. This shelter offers immediate beds, showers, mental health services, restrooms, storage facilities, and pet accommodations while housing through Measure HHH, which Councilmember Huizar co-authored, is built.
Councilmember Huizar stepped up to sign on as the first Council Office of the 15 Council Districts to work with the Mayor on the new emergency housing plan. Huizar has called for an emergency plan to address Skid Row, the largest homeless encampment in the nation, and believes the City needs more temporary shelters in Downtown and throughout Los Angeles to get more people off of the streets. Opening the El Pueblo shelter is a big step forward, yet much more work lies ahead.