“A Bridge Home puts Angelenos on a path out of homelessness and into supportive housing.”
Mayor Eric Garcetti
CONFRONTING THE CRISIS
Los Angeles is uniting to end the greatest moral and humanitarian crisis of our time. Homelessness will not be solved overnight — but the City and County of L.A. are working closely together to bring unsheltered Angelenos back inside with homes, healing, and hope.
People sleeping on the streets tonight can’t wait for new housing to become available, and existing shelter beds in Los Angeles simply do not meet the growing need. More than 30,000 of our homeless neighbors — from the streets of Koreatown to the banks of the L.A. River — will not sleep under a roof tonight.
Measure H is generating $355 million each year to provide a wide range of services to help people in desperate need. Proposition HHH is giving the City $1.2 billion to build thousands units of supportive housing over the next decade — units that will be paired with those same services, so that unsheltered Angelenos be housed for good..
But while we ramp up the work of building those permanent units, we must also secure safe places to sleep for people who are on the streets now. That’s why Mayor Garcetti launched A Bridge Home in 2018 — to give homeless Angelenos in every neighborhood a refuge in the community they already know and love, until they can be connected with a permanent home.
A BRIDGE HOME
In April 2018, Mayor Garcetti and the City Council declared an emergency shelter crisis and took advantage of a new state law that enables cities to construct bridge housing — faster than ever before — on any land owned or leased by the City.
In total, the Mayor’s 2021-2022 budget includes close to $1 billion dollars in funds to address homelessness which includes investments in supportive housing, bridge housing, services, and facilities to help homeless Angelenos find their way off the streets and under a roof.
Homeless Ends One Interaction at a Time
In the months leading up to each new shelter opening, the County coordinates outreach that will deliver street level engagements, mental health, career, and addiction support services to nearby encampments to help prepare homeless Angelenos to move indoors.
Keeping Our Neighborhoods Clean
As the new shelters open their doors, City Sanitation teams will work to restore spaces that were previously encampments into open and clear public spaces.
On a Path to a Permanent Home
Both bridge and supportive housing are furnished with on-site security, mental health, employment, addiction, housing placement services, and wellness resource.
There are 27 A Bridge Home shelters open now across Los Angeles, totaling 2,131 beds as of December 2021.
Service Provider: The People Concern | The City of Los Angeles is building on the legacy of El Pueblo as a welcoming place where people from all walks of life can make a fresh start. Thanks to the leadership of Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember Jose Huizar, El Puente is the first A Bridge Home shelter to open, serving an existing homeless population, and offering intensive case management services that are carefully tailored to help homeless Angelenos stabilize, begin rebuilding their lives, and move into permanent housing as quickly as possible. This site is an example of the use of shipping containers to create housing for Angelenos.
Service Provider: PATH | The A Bridge Home shelter on Schrader Boulevard, spearheaded by Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, provides interim housing and supportive services for 72 men and women who were previously living on the streets of Hollywood. A Bridge Home Schrader brings local homeless neighbors indoors to start their transition from life on the streets to life in stable, permanent housing. This site is an example of the use of a sprung tent structure to create housing for Angelenos.
Service Provider: PATH | Located in Westlake, Casa Azul reflects the vibrant spirit of its diverse community, providing a safe bridge home for women and children who have been living on this community’s streets and helping them transition into permanent housing. With the partnership and leadership of Councilmember Cedillo and our County partners, Casa Azul is the first A Bridge Home shelter to offer bridge housing specifically for women and families. This site uses an already existing building to develop housing for Angelenos.
Service Provider: PATH | A Bridge Home Wallis House in Hollywood was developed using an existing building and serves transitional-aged women and children who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless. With support from Councilmember Ryu and AVIVA — a local non-profit with more than 100 years of experience supporting foster youth, women, and children — this shelter will provide mental health care, job training, and life skills to help Angelenos find relief and a path to stability.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is bridge housing?
Bridge housing is a model of temporary housing that has service-enriched programs aimed to quickly bring homeless Angelenos off the streets and help them rebuild their lives. Bridge housing offers 24/7 security, 3 meals a day, and on-site services like case management, mental health care, substance abuse treatment, and housing placement to help residents stabilize their lives, move on to permanent housing, and stay off the streets for good.
Why was my neighborhood selected for bridge housing?
If we’re going to end homelessness, we need to create solutions in every community — which is why the Mayor’s budget funds temporary bridge housing in all 15 Council Districts. Each shelter is selected based on its proximity to dense homeless encampments. These shelters are specifically designed to serve the homeless population that already lives in your community, and help clean up encampments in your neighborhood. Every Council District that builds temporary bridge housing will receive additional sanitation funds to restore spaces that were previously encampments into safe, clean, public passageways.
Who lives in bridge housing?
The City is deploying teams of outreach workers to engage homeless Angelenos who live around A Bridge Home shelters to ensure that people moving into the temporary bridge housing are already residents of the neighborhood. The only qualification for people to move in is their proximity to the location. Each shelter is specifically designed to support the needs of the population nearby — whether they are women, men, or senior citizens. Everyone’s housing needs are assessed on-site, and their case manager works with them to move them into a more permanent solution.
Will A Bridge Home bring homeless people into my neighborhood?
No. This temporary bridge housing is designed specifically to serve people who live in encampments in the community surrounding the shelter and are identified during a period of outreach.
How are you deciding where to put the bridge housing?
The City is primarily looking at lots it already owns — that are at least 20,000 square feet in size and located near dense homeless encampments. But before a location is officially chosen, it is assessed by engineers to ensure that it’s an appropriate place to put temporary housing, and that it’s equipped with the necessary water, power, and sewage connections.
What will the shelters look like?
Each Council District is committed to creating a shelter that reflects the spirit and aesthetic of the neighborhood where it stands. They are being designed to incorporate the input of service providers, optimize access to services, and create a comfortable community space that helps clients stabilize and get back on their feet. The structures themselves will be trailers or platformed spaces covered in canvas.
What are the hours of operation for A Bridge Home shelters?
The shelters are operated 24 hours a day; 7 days a week, with staff and security on-site at all times.
How long do you expect people to stay in bridge housing?
Our goal is to move people out of the bridge housing and into more permanent housing as quickly as possible. But how long someone stays in the temporary bridge housing is based on their need. The shelters will be staffed with housing navigators, mental health professionals, and anti-addiction specialists who will help clients get back on their feet as quickly as possible.
Will our neighborhood be less safe with this bridge housing?
No. All of the shelters will be fully staffed with 24/7 on-site security, and City staff will closely monitor each shelter to help ensure safety and cleanliness. Our County partners are ramping up the deployment of outreach workers and supportive services to local homeless residents, to help them transition into the temporary bridge housing, and later into permanent homes.
Are you going to have services on-site?
Yes. The City and County have partnered to fund services for all residents of A Bridge Home shelters that will help people move out of bridge housing and into permanent housing as quickly as possible. Each resident will have a case manager, as well as mental health, housing, and substance abuse support — not to mention three meals a day, storage, a place for pets, and 24/7 security.
Are residents of A Bridge Home shelters required to be sober?
No. Entry to the shelter is determined by how close someone’s tent is to the location — not whether they’re sober. However, each shelter will be fully equipped with mental health and anti-addiction specialists who will help new residents start on the path to sobriety.
Are you criminalizing homelessness?
This effort is in no way intended to criminalize people who live on the streets. We cannot — and will not — arrest our way out of the homelessness crisis. People in desperate need of help should not be punished for their circumstances. The City’s priority is bringing people indoors — not issuing citations. However, if homeless residents choose not to take down their tents during the daytime, and receive citations as a result, the Mayor’s Office will connect them with the HEART program, which gives homeless Angelenos the option of doing community service or participating in substance abuse counseling as alternatives to paying fines.
This doesn’t sound like a permanent solution. What about everyone who doesn’t get into A Bridge Home shelter?
Thanks to the voters of L.A., the City is getting to work building thousands of units of supportive housing for our most vulnerable homeless neighbors over the next decade. But people who are living on the streets tonight can’t wait for new housing to come online. They need help now. That’s why A Bridge Home is helping connect people to permanent solutions today.
How else can I help my homeless neighbors?
No one can do everything to solve homelessness, but everyone can do something. The most important thing you can do is say “yes” to supportive housing and bridge housing in your community, and help educate your neighbors about the critical importance of this work.