Women and children make up the most vulnerable population of homeless individuals. That's why the office of Councilmember Ryu is committed to turning this former library into Women's Bridge Housing.
Previously a shuttered city-owned library, the site at 1403 North Gardner Street will re-open as a place of hope and refuge for women and children experiencing homelessness. Councilmember Ryu first introduced the motion to convert the building into housing on November 8, 2017. and has been working with City departments and the community since that time to turn the shuttered library into a resource for individuals experiencing homelessness. The proposed bridge housing project would provide housing for 30 women and will include on-site staff and security. City Council approved a study of the property for bridge housing on January 31, 2018.
The project was discussed in a neighborhood meeting on February 20, 2018.
The site was approved for HHH funding on May 29, 2018.
The next steps include working with the community to identify a service provider and begin the rehabilitation and beautification of the site, keeping the original structure and much of the exterior features in place.