Mayor Garcetti, Council President Wesson announce first emergency shelter site

The new site is the first unveiled as part of the Mayor’s “A Bridge Home” initiative

Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Herb Wesson today put new resources behind the fight to end the homelessness crisis, joining together to announce the location of the first emergency shelter under the Mayor’s “A Bridge Home” initiative.

Sited at 682 S. Vermont Avenue, in the heart of Koreatown, the location will launch a network of projects designed to add beds, showers, restrooms, storage facilities, and other resources for Angelenos in desperate need of immediate help.

“The homelessness crisis demands that we step forward and act boldly to get people off the streets as quickly as possible,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Council President Wesson’s leadership means that men and women living on the streets today will soon be able to take tents down and start building themselves up.”

“These shelters will serve as beacons of hope for Angelenos looking to transition out of homelessness,” said City Council President Herb Wesson. “When it comes to ending this crisis, actions speak louder than words.”

In his State of the City address last month, Mayor Garcetti unveiled “A Bridge Home,” the next step in his work to end street homelessness in Los Angeles. The plan includes a $20 million Crisis and Bridge Housing Fund, set aside in the FY18-19 budget, which will be distributed evenly among Council Districts.

In order to access the funds, each Councilmember must identify a site or building adjacent to a high-density homeless population, and establish an emergency shelter.

In the months leading up to the opening of these new shelters, the County will direct unprecedented outreach, mental health, and addiction support services to encampments in participating districts to prepare homeless Angelenos to move indoors. After the new shelters open their doors, City Sanitation teams will work to restore spaces that were previously encampment sites into safe, clean, public passageways.

The emergency shelters will stand for three years, enough time for the City to build supportive housing for the Angelenos living in them. The supportive housing will be furnished with on-site mental health, employment, addiction, and wellness resources.