On April 8, 2019 we participated in the Groundbreaking Ceremony for a Bridge Home at a little-used dog park at 5965 South St. Andrews Place. On September 9, 2019, just five months later, we saw it open!
“We at ECCANDC are thrilled to have this facility in our area helping to get our homeless back on their feet.” said ECCANDC Co-Chairperson Ellen Pace as she enjoyed the Grand Opening.
This new Bridge Home along with the others being opened across the city are taking a whole new approach to providing assistance. Previously, the homeless could not bring their possessions or their pets, so they didn’t want to come or stay for any length of time. This facility is focused on reducing those barriers to entry by providing storage space under the bed for possessions and a kennel next to each bed for a pet as well as a fenced in dog run area with grass.
Each pod is a semi private space with a bed, storage, kennel, power for phone charging and personal light. The facility can serve 100 people; 37 of those spaces are for women. The building is a sprung tent structure, built in 12 hour shifts, six days a week. This is the sixth Bridge Home to open in the city.
In addition to the main sleeping area, there is an outdoor food pavilion, restrooms with individual showers, laundry facilities and services which include case management. The objective is to help people transition from the streets to permanent housing. There is a mobile health clinic and expressive arts sessions to help people express and work through their trauma.
From the courtyard of the Bridge Home residents can enjoy this mural by a Brazilian artist which depicts an angel with wings of buildings because the city is building for those who need it.
You can watch the South LA Bridge Home facility tour on Facebook with Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Mayor Garcetti and Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care Systems Veronica Lewis.