Homelessness Update: Echo Park Shelter Space, Mobile Hygiene Units Providing Services, Safe Storage, and 100 Sanitation Stations Roll Out Across The City

City Hall

Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell announced the following updates to his recent initiatives that strive to maintain the health and safety of our neighborhoods in both the 13th District and citywide.

ECHO PARK SHELTER SPACE

Councilmember O’Farrell’s office continues to collaborate with our partners to secure funding and the site locations in the Echo Park community. The work is ongoing, and we expect to have more details soon to announce the opening of a facility this spring.

MOBILE HYGIENE UNITS

In Echo Park, nearly 1100 people have visited two of our Mobile Hygiene units. The mobile facilities were deployed in the area as part of a partnership with the Board of Public Works and our community partners starting in August of 2019.

Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment delivers the ADA-accessible facilities at two locations -- Echo Park United Methodist Church at 1226 N Alvarado St (every Tuesday and 3rd Thursday of the month), and another at 1146 Glendale Blvd (every Thursday and Friday from 8am - 1pm). 

The mobile hygiene units provide access to showers and restrooms for individuals experiencing homelessness. The attached photos introduce you to just some of the clients this service is helping every week.

SAFE STORAGE FACILITY TO OPEN NEXT WEEK

Councilmember O’Farrell is also announcing that a Safe Storage Facility will begin operation starting next week. The units, which are located at 1146 N Glendale Blvd, will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The storage facility is just one element to a multi-pronged approach to assist those experiencing homelessness in Echo Park. The plans also call for:

  • For the first time, staffing of restroom facilities on the north side of Echo Park Lake, 24 hours per day, seven days a week, for six months.
  • Continue Education and Outreach of park rules to all visitors of Echo Park Lake.
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Councilmember O’Farrell wants to ensure that all City parks be kept clean, safe, and accessible for people of all ages and income levels. 

CITY DEPLOYS 100 HYGIENE STATIONS ACROSS CITY

Following up on Councilmember O’Farrell’s direction from last week, the city has delivered 100 hygiene stations to encampments across Los Angeles as a preventative measure to protect the approximately 36,000 unhoused individuals from coronavirus. 

In the 13th District, the stations were delivered to the following locations:

Gower St. and the 101 Fwy underpass

Hoover St. and the 101 Fwy underpass

Virgil Ave. and the 101 Fwy underpass

Coronado St. and the 101 Fwy underpass 

Beverly Blvd. and Park View St. 

Bronson Ave and Hollywood Blvd  

De Longpre Ave and Cahuenga Blvd. 

Silver Lake Blvd. and Sunset Blvd. 

4th St. and Shatto Pl.

For more information on the coronavirus and what the City is doing to protect our most vulnerable living on the streets, please visit LAHSA website. [LINK]

THE SOURCE HOMELESS CONNECT DAY POSTPONED

The Councilmember continues to co-sponsor ‘The Source’ -- a homeless services connect day at Edendale Library (third Thursday of each month).  Due to ongoing concerns with the spread of COVID-19, the event scheduled for this week has been postponed. The next connect day will take place on April 16th.

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