Previously a shuttered city-owned library, the site at 1403 North Gardner Street is now a permanent Bridge Housing Center for 30 women experiencing homelessness. Women make up one of the most vulnerable and fastest-growing subset of the homeless population, and ensuring they have the resources and housing specific to their needs is crucial to addressing homelessness in Council District Four.
November 8, 2017: Councilmember Ryu co-introduces a motion to City Council to study the former library site for Bridge Housing opportunities.
January 31, 2018: City Council approves a study of the property for bridge housing.
February 20, 2018: Councilmember Ryu, City and LAHSA officials, and community members discuss the potential project in a neighborhood meeting.
May 29, 2018: The site is approved for HHH funding.
October 2018: Final design completed, along with renderings of the future Women's Bridge Housing site.
November 2018: Construction begins. Exterior facade to remain in place with the majority of work being done on the interior of the building.
September 10, 2019: Construction and remodeling complete. Doors open on the North Gardner Street Women's Bridge Housing Site to provide 30 women previously experiencing homelessness with a temporary home, counseling and services, and a pathway to more permanent housing and stability.
September 16, 2019: Move-in Day! The first 30 residents move in to the Gardner Street Women's Bridge Housing Site managed by the Weingart Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that specializes in homeless housing an trauma-informed care. The center includes 30 beds, a kitchen, garden, terrace, dining area, and a female staff, including Licensed Clinical Social Workers, to provide wraparound services around health, well-being and life skills.