This Map Tracks Where Emergency Homeless Shelters Have Been Proposed, Approved And Opened In LA

In April, Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council declared an emergency shelter crisis in Los Angeles. The mayor signed an executive directive to implement his "A Bridge Home" initiative, with a goal of creating 1,500 new shelter beds for the homeless residents most in need. The plan allocates $20 million from the city budget, split evenly among the 15 council districts, "to construct emergency bridge housing city-wide."

"The urgency of the homelessness crisis demands that we take every possible step to help people pack up tents and move indoors as quickly as possible," the mayor said at the time.

As city leaders navigate the selection of sites while also addressing community concerns, you may be wondering if there are any shelters being planned or built where you live or work.

That's why LAist is keeping track of where these bridge housing shelters are being proposed, studied and, eventually, built. Explore our map below to learn more. Sites that have been proposed and are under review are in orange and open shelters are in blue (if you're having trouble viewing the map in this article, you can see it here).

Originally, the goal was to have all the new bridge facilities up and running by the end of calendar year 2018. Garcetti vowed to cut through red tape and regulations to get the shelters built quickly.

"Bureacracy will not slow us down," Garcetti said in his State Of the City speech in April. But NIMBYism can.

In Council President Herb Wesson's District 10, Koreatown residents protested and even threatened to recall the councilman over his plan to put a bridge housing site in the heart of the community. Wesson walked back his proposal and spent the next month working to find a new location, which was eventually selected, though it's on the very edge of his district and is technically outside the Koreatown neighborhood.

In Venice, District 11 Councilman Mike Bonin proposed a shelter on the site of a former MTA bus yard. An August neighborhood council meeting turned ugly when some residents booed and yelled at a representative from the mayor's office, even throwing in a "lock her up!" chant. A town hall meeting with Garcetti, Bonin and LAPD Chief Michel Moore in October drew similar reactions from a packed house.

The city opened its first bridge housing shelter in the Los Angeles Plaza Historic District in early September. Staff with the mayor's office say they aim to have the sites at least under construction by July of 2019.

This is a developing project. Check back for updates.


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