PRESS RELEASE: Women’s Bridge Housing Opens on Gardner Street

Los Angeles -- Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember David Ryu opened the doors on the Gardner Library Women’s Bridge Housing today, located at 1403 North Gardner Street in Council District Four. The permanent bridge housing project, located on a residential street in Hollywood, was previously a shuttered city library. It includes 30 beds, a kitchen and dining area, a garden, and more. It will include wraparound services like counseling and life skills development on site.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

September 10, 2019

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Women’s Bridge Housing Opens on Gardner Street

Los Angeles -- Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember David Ryu opened the doors on the Gardner Library Women’s Bridge Housing today, located at 1403 North Gardner Street in Council District Four. The permanent bridge housing project, located on a residential street in Hollywood, was previously a shuttered city library. It includes 30 beds, a kitchen and dining area, a garden, and more. It will include wraparound services like counseling and life skills development on site.

“The Gardner Street Women’s Bridge Housing Center is more than beds and services,” Councilmember Ryu said. “It is the product of a City and a community working hand in hand. It is the proof that when we listen to each other, trust one another, and work together toward a common solution, we can build something that works and something that lasts.”

“A Bridge Home is saving lives by getting homeless Angelenos indoors now as new, long-lasting supportive and affordable housing is being built,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The Gardner Library site is the latest milestone in this work and will provide 30 beds for unsheltered women in Hollywood — as well as the healing services and hope they urgently need and deserve.”

The Gardner Library Women’s Bridge Housing was first proposed by Councilmember Ryu in November 2017, and is entirely funded by Proposition HHH. It will provide temporary housing to women experiencing homelessness as they progress to more permanent housing. The structure, however, is permanent, and therefore will serve countless women over the course of its lifetime, with the first round of residents moving in on Monday, September 16. The work to restore and develop the site was done entirely by City crews from the Bureau of Engineering, Bureau of Sanitation and General Services Department. It will be operated by the Weingart Center, a private nonprofit that provides homeless housing and services across Los Angeles. 

“The Weingart Center is thrilled to partner with Councilmember Ryu and the City of Los Angeles to provide critical housing and services for women,” Senator Kevin Murray (ret.), President & CEO of the Weingart Center, said. “We are working to ensure that every staff member - from security to the licensed clinical social workers - are women,  so that it is truly a center by women, for women.”

The Gardner Library Bridge Housing site is one of six homeless housing projects currently open, under construction, or under review in Council District Four. It joins the 100-bed emergency shelter at the LGBT Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus in Council District Four, which opened in April of this year.

Originally opened in 1959, the Gardner Street Library closed down in 2003 when the larger Will and Ariel Durant branch opened nearby, and sat vacant until reopening as bridge housing today. A classic example of mid-century modern architecture, the Gardner Street Women’s Bridge Housing Center includes much of the original interior design, including the original circulation desk, thanks to the restoration work of City crews. The furniture for the site was donated by the employees of Aether Apparel, a local business headquartered on Melrose Avenue. 

To learn more about the project, click here.

To view photos from the press conference, click here.

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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.

 


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