Earlier this week, in his State of the City address, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a new program that will help end the homelessness crisis in our neighborhoods.
Los Angeles has housed 30,000 people in the past four years, but homelessness continues to grow. Today, we face a stark choice between allowing people to live in encampments on our sidewalks or offering them an alternative. The mayor’s “A Bridge Home” initiative offers that alternative – “bridge housing” that will provide temporary shelter until permanent housing is identified.
Modeled after a program to be opened in downtown Los Angeles near the El Pueblo monument, “A Bridge Home” will identify existing encampments, focus dedicated outreach workers to the people who live there, and offer them shelter in the neighborhood. Once the temporary facilities are opened, the City will provide significant sanitation services to the area to clean up former encampments.
Now, we need your help identifying which encampments should be our priority. Please take a moment to offer your suggestions in the survey below for which encampments the City should focus on first, and where in the nearby area you suggest the City place temporary bridge housing.
Angelenos are demanding action on homelessness. Voters have stepped up twice, and we are starting to approve the supportive housing we need. But that solution takes time – and we need alternatives to sidewalk encampments in the meantime. That’s why “A Bridge Home” so important.
Please take a moment to complete the short survey below and let us know where this important work should begin.