“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 more closely together than ever 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, but existing shelter beds in Los Angeles simply do not meet the growing need. More than 25,000 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 can go home for good.
But while we ramp up the work of building those permanent units, we must be equally impatient about finding safe places to sleep for people who are on the streets now. That’s why Mayor Garcetti has launched a new plan called A Bridge Home — 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.
To expedite construction, the Mayor has continued to advocate among City, County, and State partners to continue increasing funding for our bridge housing programs, ease regulatory barriers, and services. To receive increased sanitation funding for the area, each Councilmember must identify a site or building adjacent to a high-density homeless population, and create emergency bridge housing.
Today, the majority of City Council Districts have pledged and surpassed their goal to put a minimum of 222 new units in neighborhoods across Los Angeles over the next two years.
In total, the Mayor’s budget includes more than $460 million in supportive housing, bridge housing, services, and facilities to help homeless Angelenos find their way off the streets and under a roof.
The Mayor also fought for — and won — funding from the state’s budget surplus to help cities across California find, build, and expand housing for their homeless populations. Thanks to that effort, Los Angeles alone received $85 million in 2018 and $124 million from the state in 2019 to bring our unhoused neighbors indoors.
Homeless Ends One Interaction at a Time
In the months leading up to each new bridge housing site opening, the County will coordinate 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 bridge housing sites open their doors, City Sanitation teams will work to restore spaces that were previously encampment sites into open and clear public spaces.
On a Path to a Permanent Home
Both bridge and supportive housing will be furnished with on-site security, mental health, employment, addiction, housing placement services, and wellness resources.
There are more than 25 A Bridge Home sites open or in development across Los Angeles.
El Pueblo is the birthplace of Los Angeles — a community where 44 settlers of Native American, African, and European heritage journeyed more than 1,000 miles across the desert to establish a farming settlement in 1781.Today, El Pueblo is a historic monument, the location of the world-famous Olvera Street marketplace, and a place where unsheltered Angelenos gather for a safe place to sleep.
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 site 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.
Hollywood is known as our city's most iconic industry, but it is also a bustling neighborhood in the heart of Los Angeles, beloved by tourists and Angelenos who call it home.
The A Bridge Home site on Schrader Boulevard, spearheaded by Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, provides interim housing and supportive services for 72 men and women at a time 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.
Since opening its doors in 1894, the YWCA has provided safe spaces to empower and support women. Thanks to the backing of Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, women experiencing homelessness in the Hollywood area have access to new bridge housing at the YWCA, with one-on-one case management services and resources available to help them find permanent housing.
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 site to offer bridge housing specifically for women and families.
Downtown Women’s Center
Dedicated to serving women experiencing homelessness, the Downtown Women's Center (DWC) is located in the heart of Skid Row. Through collaboration with Councilmember Jose Huizar, DWC is now opening its doors at night to provide bridge housing beds, services, and resources for women, as they find a path off the streets and into long-term housing.
The Bread Yard at St. Andrews
As the first city shelter in South L.A., The Bread Yard at St. Andrews will house 100 men and women experiencing homelessness in the area. With the leadership of Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson and the support of the surrounding community, residents will have access to mental healthcare, case management services, a pet area, and communal spaces to help stabilize their lives.
Built in 1958 and formally known as the West Hollywood Branch Library, the Gardner Library will offer a safe and welcoming space for women experiencing homelessness in the Hollywood area. Thanks to Councilmember Ryu and team in his council district, this bridge housing site will help women find a path towards permanent housing and provide them with security, services, and a path to a new future.
A Bridge Home Wallis House in Hollywood 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.
The project to build the Imperial A Bridge Home shelter just off of Imperial Highway was led by Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember Joe Busciano. This shelter provides interim housing and supportive services for 100 women and men from the neighborhood who were previously homeless before they connected with this facility - giving these homeless Angelenos a place to receive the support they need to get on the path toward permanent housing.
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 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 bridge housing site is selected based on its proximity to dense homeless encampments. These sites 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 encampment sites into safe, clean, public passageways.
Who is going to live in the new housing?
The City is deploying teams of outreach workers to engage homeless Angelenos who live around the A Bridge Home site 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 site. Each site is specifically designed to support the needs of the population nearby — whether they are women, men, or senior citizens. Everyone will have their housing needs assessed as they come on site, and their case manager will work 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 site, who will be identified during a period of outreach. The City is bringing in additional sanitation and enforcement services to ensure that the streets surrounding the sites remain safe and clean.
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 site 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 sites look like?
Each Council District is committed to creating a site that reflects the spirit and aesthetic of the neighborhood where it stands. They are being designed to incorporate the input of service providers, to 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.
How long will they be open?
What are the hours of operation for A Bridge Home sites?
The sites 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 the 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 sites 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 sites will be fully staffed with 24/7 on-site security, and City staff will closely monitor each site 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. With the City’s additional funding for sanitation services, existing encampments will be converted into clean, safe public spaces for all residents to enjoy.
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 sites that will help people move out of the 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 sites required to be sober?
No. Entry to the site is determined by how close someone’s tent is to the site — not whether they’re sober. However, each site will be fully equipped with mental health and anti-addiction specialists who will help new residents start on the path to sobriety.
How are you going to make sure the encampments don’t come back?
The City is committed to making sure that the streets surrounding new A Bridge Home sites stay safe and clean. Homeless Angelenos will still be able to put up their tents between the hours of 9pm and 6am, but during the daytime, the City is establishing special enforcement zones to ensure that tents are taken down.
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 site?
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. You can also learn more about how you can help at LAMayor.org/HelpHomelessAngelenos.