PRESS RELEASE: Bridge Housing in Los Feliz Breaks Ground

LOS ANGELES - Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember David Ryu broke ground on the latest bridge housing project in Council District Four today, alongside City, County and Los Feliz neighborhood leaders. The temporary structure at 3210 Riverside Drive will house 100 men and women currently experiencing homelessness, and connect them with mental health and counseling services when it opens in June.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

February 26, 2020

Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Mark Pampanin

mark.pampanin@lacity.org

213.407.7616

 

Bridge Housing in Los Feliz Breaks Ground

 

LOS ANGELES - Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember David Ryu broke ground on the latest bridge housing project in Council District Four today, alongside City, County and Los Feliz neighborhood leaders. The temporary structure at 3210 Riverside Drive will house 100 men and women currently experiencing homelessness, and connect them with mental health and counseling services when it opens in June.

“The Los Feliz Bridge Home will bring those currently living on the street or the banks of the Los Angeles River into housing and real, life-changing care,” Councilmember Ryu said. “It is just one of four bridge housing centers open or underway in this district, making Council District Four one of the top districts for bridge housing. We will continue this progress the same way we got to today - by working together, neighbor with neighbor, on the solutions we know make a real difference in this crisis.”

"Angelenos are coming together to confront the moral and humanitarian challenge of our time — the homeless and housing crisis," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "The A Bridge Home program is saving lives by getting our homeless neighbors off the streets, and the upcoming Los Feliz site is the latest milestone in our work to provide housing, healing, and hope."

The facility will include 100 beds for both men and women, common areas, storage areas, a pet area, and offices for residents to meet with counselors and social workers. The $5.6 million project is funded primarily through state grants, and will be operated by People Assisting the Homeless (PATH).

The groundbreaking was supported by neighborhood groups including the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council, The Los Feliz Improvement Association (LFIA), The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, The Griffith Park Advisory Board, the Friends of Griffith Park, the Griffith Park Adult Community Club, and more. Councilmember Ryu built support for the project over a series of small group meetings with the neighborhood, and will continue to hold small group meetings with neighbors throughout construction.

“A neighborhood isn’t defined by its topography or wealth, but by the character of the people who live there,” said Jon Deutsch, President of the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council. “Together, as one neighborhood, we can confront this terrible crisis and ensure that everyone in Los Feliz has a roof over their heads.”

"LFIA, which represents all residents of Los Feliz, was proud to be an early supporter of the Bridge Home site on Riverside,” Amy Gustincic, President of the Los Feliz Improvement Association, said. “The residents of Los Feliz recognize that people experiencing homelessness are part of our community and we appreciate the work that Councilmember Ryu’s office has done to bring this project to fruition."

Councilmember Ryu has eight homeless housing or safe parking projects open or underway in Council District Four, for a total of 590 units of homeless housing. When the Los Feliz Bridge Housing center opens this summer, it will bring the total of new homeless housing units opened by Councilmember Ryu to 272. Learn more about Councilmember Ryu’s work to take on homelessness here.

See new renderings of the project here and here.

Learn more about the project here.

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Assistant City Council President Pro Tempore David E. Ryu represents Los Angeles’ 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys. 


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