PRESS RELEASE: Work Begins on Women’s Bridge Housing in Hollywood

Los Angeles -- Today, Councilmember David Ryu, alongside leaders from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, the City Bureau of Engineering, and community partners, announced the start of work on a homeless bridge housing project on North Gardner Street. The project, first announced in November 2017, will provide 30 beds and services for women experiencing homelessness.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

November 15, 2018

Contact:

Estevan Montemayor

estevan.montemayor@lacity.org

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Work Begins on Women’s Bridge Housing in Hollywood

Los Angeles -- Today, Councilmember David Ryu, alongside leaders from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, the City Bureau of Engineering, and community partners, announced the start of work on a homeless bridge housing project on North Gardner Street. The project, first announced in November 2017, will provide 30 beds and services for women experiencing homelessness.

“Today, we are turning a new page in the story of homelessness in Hollywood and Council District Four,” Councilmember Ryu said. “I am proud to work with the City, County and community on turning this former library into a home, and into a beacon hope for women facing homelessness.”

The project, expected to be completed by late summer of 2019, will include 30 beds for women experiencing homelessness, who will work with case managers to transition into long-term housing. Renovation work will primarily take place inside the building, with the original facade and exterior trees on the City-owned former library remaining in place.

"This project is something we're extremely proud to work on at the Bureau of Engineering, and it's just one of the many projects we are involved in that address homelessness across the City of Los Angeles,” City Engineer Gary Lee Moore said. “We're looking forward to getting the project done and opening the doors to the residents next year."  

Women represent some of the fastest growing subsets of the homeless population. In 2017, more women and children lived on the streets of Los Angeles than in any previous year, and both groups face higher risk of victimization living on the streets or in traditional shelters.

“Women and women-led families are some of the most vulnerable and fastest growing subsets of the homeless population,” Sarah Dusseault, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Vice Chair, said. “Thanks to L.A. voters and unprecedented collaboration across the County, we have resources and a plan that's working to address the homelessness crisis. As a community, we must continue supporting projects like this to help our neighbors build a more secure and stable future and reduce homelessness in our region.”

Find more information on the project, including renderings of the design, 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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