Bridge Housing is emergency housing being constructed on land owned or leased by the City of Los Angeles. The Mayor’s 2018-2019 budget includes $20 million to be distributed equally among each of the 12 Council districts for Bridge Housing. In addition, each council district is eligible for increased sanitation funding for specific areas adjacent to Bridge Housing. (Source: LA Mayor’s A Bridge Home Page.)
A Bridge Home leverages a new state law allowing cities to construct temporary housing at an expedited speed on land owned or leased by the city. The initiative is also the result of the mayor’s and the city council’s declaration of a homeless shelter crisis.
Map of LA’s Bridge Housing Shelters
El Puente in downtown LA’s historic El Pueblo neighborhood became the first Bridge Home site in LA when it opened in September 2018. The People Concern operates El Puente. This group is a social services agency that pursues evidence-based solutions to domestic violence and Homelessness. They also accept volunteers. Contact The People Concern here.
“Special Enforcement Zones”
The city has increased enforcement against encampments in the El Pueblo vicinity, naming it a “special enforcement zone.” Enforcement includes cleanups five days per week and increased police presence. (Source: Los Angeles Times.)
Without increased housing, special enforcement zones would not be permitted. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in 2018 that homeless people in California and other Western states cannot be prosecuted for sleeping in public when shelters are lacking (Source: Los Angeles Times).
LA City Council Members Mike Bonin, David Ryu, and Mitch O’Farrell answer frequently asked questions about Bridge Housing and its sites: