HOLLYWOOD -- The Office of Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell wants to provide some updates related to the temporary bridge housing project at 1533 Schrader Blvd, which will soon begin construction. Please see below for information related to construction as well as future operations and enhanced services/resources.
- Oct. 15th - Construction-related activities will begin on site, including trenching and the clearing of the lot. There will be a sound wall that will be constructed around the perimeter; a walkway for the YMCA will be accommodated both during construction and once the facility is built.
- Mid-November - The large "membrane structure" (where the living quarters will be) will be delivered and begin to be assembled.
- Early December - The trailers (which will include laundry, restrooms, showers, and office space) will arrive and be installed on site.
- Early January - Construction activities will wrap up, and the service provider(s) will begin to move onto the site. The facility will be managed by PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) in conjunction with The Center At Blessed Sacrament, which is located around the corner.
- Mid-late January - Operations will begin.
- In addition to comprehensive full-service programming, resources, and case management on site, there will be 24/7 security, provided by the operator, that will be both on site and patrolling the perimeter.
- Leading up to the opening of the facility, there will be heavy outreach to homeless individuals in Hollywood as a means of matching people to this facility through the County's Coordinated Entry System (CES). Different outreach teams and service providers, led by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), are working on a collaborative, coordinated outreach approach.
- On the same day the facility opens, LAPD will devote two full-time officers to the area at all times (24/7).
- 30 days after opening, the area will see a significant increase in Sanitation resources, with cleanup services 5 days per week.
- PATH will also implement a "Good Neighbor" policy with the surrounding area that sets rules and regulations with their clients living on site, regarding behavior and expectations both on the site and in the neighborhood. As a reminder, all people utilizing the bridge housing will have been matched to the resource through CES. It will not be a "walk-in" facility.
Community Engagement & Dialogue
As a friendly reminder, please feel free to join us at our weekly "Coffee with the Community" series where this project is discussed. This is a chance for folks to ask questions and learn more information about the project. These discussions are held on a recurring basis, Wednesday mornings at 9:00 AM, and are open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. To RSVP, please email Dan Halden (see below) or call (213) 207-3015 and he will send you confirmation information. Please note that there will be no meeting on Wednesday, October 17th. The meeting series will resume on October 24th.
Our office also encourages you to utilize the LAHSA website, specifically LA-HOP (Homeless Outreach Portal), which is linked to here. Here, folks can submit service requests and also learn more about what resources and initiatives are being offered to reduce homelessness.
If you have further questions about the project, please contact Dan Halden in the Echo Park District Office for Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 213-207-3015.