Homelessness is a crisis felt across the City of Los Angeles and in the community of Los Feliz. The Los Feliz Bridge Home was opened on July 24, 2020, and is the third "A Bridge Home" center to open in Council District Four. It is a temporary sprung structure that can house up to 100 men and woman and their pets. The Los Feliz Bridge Home provides on-site counseling and support, meals, hygiene, a pet area, and storage for all residents.
The service provider for the Los Feliz Bridge Home is People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), which has spent decades helping people find permanent housing, and providing medical and mental healthcare to people experiencing homelessness.
The Bridge Home initiative calls on all 15 Council Districts to identify a site or building adjacent to a high-density homeless population for housing. It creates a temporary facility to bring homeless Angelenos off the streets and into a bridge housing program that allows them to rebuild their lives with on-site services such as case managers, mental health professionals, substance abuse treatment, and housing placement.
Since the Bridge Home Program has a limited time frame of three years, there are additional opportunities to utilize the site in the long term. Therefore, Councilmember Ryu introduced another motion which instructs the Department of Recreation and Parks to work with relevant City departments to determine if the same site on Riverside Drive has potential to expand the existing Griffith Park Adult Community Center. This popular community center would be a vital resource for the City’s fastest growing population, seniors, in addition to serving the surrounding community.
February 6, 2019: Councilmember Ryu introduces a motion to City Council to study 3210 and 3248 Riverside Drive for a temporary bridge housing site.
February 26, 2019: The Los Feliz Neighborhood Council formally registers their support for the proposed bridge housing.
March 20, 2019: Feasibility motion for Bridge Housing Approved by Homelessness and Poverty Committee.
March-May 2019: Over a dozen small group meetings held with neighbors and Los Feliz community members about the proposed housing.
March 29, 2019:Feasibility motion for Bridge Housing Approved by City Council.
August 2019: Feasibility Study Complete.
September 4, 2019: Parks Commission approves site for Bridge Housing.
February 14, 2020: Funding finalized for construction. PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) chosen as service provider.
February 26, 2020: Groundbreaking event. Construction begins.
July 24, 2020: Grand opening.