Los Angeles, CA -- Today, City Council approved a motion to review the city-owned property at 1403 North Gardner Street in Los Angeles, CA 90046 for a crisis or bridge housing focused on supporting women and children. The motion also seeks to be considered for HHH funding if eligible.
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January 31, 2018
City Council Approves Study for Women’s Crisis Housing in Hollywood
The city-owned land in Hollywood could support women experiencing homelessness
Los Angeles -- Today, City Council approved a motion to review the city-owned property at 1403 North Gardner Street in Los Angeles, CA 90046 for a crisis or bridge housing focused on supporting women and children. The motion also seeks to be considered for HHH funding if eligible. Today, Councilmember Ryu released the following statement:
“I’m proud today to begin turning this abandoned library into a beacon of hope for our most vulnerable Angelenos,” Councilmember Ryu said.
The approved motion comes as the City faces an unprecedented homelessness crisis, with a rapidly growing homeless population led by women and children. It moves for a review of the property at 1403 N. Gardner Street, currently a closed-down library, by the City Administrative Officer, with the assistance of the Chief Legislative Analyst, the Bureau of Engineering, Department of Sanitation, and other city departments to determine if the property is suitable for development as crisis or bridge housing.
“Since last year, the city’s population of homeless families has grown by nearly 30 percent, and the overwhelming majority of homeless children and families are led by women. Not only that, but homeless women face an inordinate amount of assault, harassment and danger living on the streets of Los Angeles. These women and families need our help, and they need it now.”
The motion also calls for a site analysis and site plan, and for any housing project at the property to be included on the Proposition HHH Project Expenditure Plan for possible funding.
“We as public officials in Los Angeles have been given a mandate to act on the issue of homelessness in big and impactful ways. In the case of this property on North Gardner, we have a chance to act on that mandate, and a responsibility to address the homelessness crisis with real solutions.”
The historic joining of forces and commitment to funding with Measure H and Proposition HHH brings resources to build smaller sites with service rich environments to serve our most vulnerable residents.
Read the motion here.
Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 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.