LOS ANGELES - The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved action initiated by Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell for an additional 60 beds at the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) bridge housing site in Hollywood.
The bridge housing facility, located at 1215 Lodi Place, has been in operation since November 2018 with 64 beds for women experiencing homelessness. The Council action today will bring the total number of beds at that facility to 124. Between the YWCA and the A Bridge Home program on Schrader Blvd, there are close to 200 shelter beds serving the needs of Hollywood.
“These beds, along with wrap around supportive services, are going a long way toward giving those experiencing homelessness what they need to thrive instead of struggle on the margins,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “There is always more work to do, and I am committed to continuing my push for a state match of our $1.2B HHH investment; building permanent supportive housing on city-owned parcels such as the one on Glendale Blvd in Echo Park; and establishing safe parking sites and mobile pit stop locations throughout the district. I want to thank Faye Washington and the YWCA for working with my office to make this happen.”
“I am thrilled that the YWCA will be able to reach more women and youth, and provide critical housing and supportive services so they can be contributing members of society,” said Faye Washington, President & CEO of YWCA Greater Los Angeles. “This project represents the true essence of our mission: the empowerment of women and the elimination of racism. I’m proud to do our part and collaborate with Councilmember O’Farrell and the City to address this crisis.”
Of the 60 additional beds being accommodated at the YWCA, 30 are for transition age youth (TAY) between the ages of 18 and 24 years old and the other 30 beds will be designated for adult women.
Councilmember O’Farrell serves as Chair of the City’s Homelessness and Poverty Committee. In his role, he paved the way for the production of close to 7,000 units of Permanent Supportive Housing through Measure HHH to reach the 10,000 units approved by voters in 2016.
Councilmember O’Farrell is also focused on furthering production of affordable housing units across the city. During his time in office, O’Farrell ensured more than 1300 units have been built in the 13th Council District alone. Councilmember O’Farrell also negotiated hundreds more through the City Planning process.