Mayor Garcetti, Councilmember Nithya Raman, and Supervisor Kuehl Joined PATH for a Virtual Grand Opening of Riverside Drive: A Bridge Home Interim Housing Site for Families in Los Feliz
Full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqKYJ4CqGmo
Los Angeles, CA — Mayor Garcetti, Councilmember Raman, leadership of People Assisting The Homeless (PATH), and special guests came together virtually to celebrate the grand opening of Riverside Drive, A Bridge Home interim housing site for families experiencing homelessness.
“We know that real progress in our homelessness crisis comes through more supportive and affordable housing, but too many Angelenos need a place to sleep tonight, and that’s what A Bridge Home is all about,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “This new facility will bring badly needed services and beds for families in Los Feliz. I am grateful to Councilmember Raman for her leadership, and PATH for their investment to provide hope and healing to Angelenos who are most in need.”
The facility features 79 beds for 26 families with 24-hour on-site support for guests, case management meeting area with adjoining children’s playroom, a multi-purpose room with computer lab, community room, laundry and a dining area with three meals served daily.
PATH Deputy CEO, Jennifer Hark Dietz shared, “In addition to this site we are celebrating today, PATH has partnered with Mayor Eric Garcetti and his office to open A Bridge Home interim housing sites throughout the city offering more than 550 new beds. From a provider’s perspective, I am in awe of the innovation, collaboration, and cooperation between all these partners. It truly takes a village. From my personal perspective, I am heartened to know that this site is a special place, a safe place, a welcoming place for families experiencing homelessness.”
Programs on-site include: case management, meetings with housing navigators and problem-solving specialists, referrals to mental health, substance abuse and education services, employment Services, and regular groups and activities.
LA County Supervisor for District 3, Sheila Kuehl said “I am really happy to see more temporary housing open for families experiencing homelessness,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. “Families fall into homelessness for many reasons: A spouse is diagnosed with a chronic illness; A woman flees a violent partner; A family breadwinner loses a job. The Riverside A Bridge Home will provide a safe supportive environment for those families while they find permanent affordable housing.”
Councilmember NithyaRaman shared, “As we explore permanent housing options in this city, we also need places where people can stabilize. Options like these that serve a variety of needs — because people experiencing homelessness are not a monolith — are essential pieces of that work. The remarkable story of this site, and how it was built through friendships and connections and opportunity, is worth replicating across districts and across this city.”
The program included a virtual tour of the site, remarks from the Mayor, Councilmember, LAHSA Executive Director Heidi Marston, City of Los Angeles Engineer Gary Lee More, and a special welcome message from Vanessa and Chris Williams (LINK).
Tiffany Shirley, PATH’s Director of Family Services shared “We are excited about the opportunity to provide a safe, welcoming place of refuge with compassionate staff and extensive on-site programming, where families can access the personalized support needed to focus on pursuing their goal of permanent housing. We feel fortunate to be a part of their journey.”
Funding for the site is provided through Measure H, Continuum of Care Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) dollars and furniture costs provided by City Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP).
“The Riverside Drive, A Bridge Home is a much-needed addition to the resources available in Los Feliz. LAHSA’s outreach teams are eager to continue working the PATH, and the City of Los Angeles help to our unhoused neighbors on their road home,” said Heidi Marston, Executive Director of LAHSA. “A special thank you goes to Mayor Garcetti, Councilwoman Raman, and Supervisor Kuehl for making this project a reality and for showing what we can accomplish when we work together.”
PATH is a statewide organization working in 150 cities across the state, serving 20% of the state’s unhoused population. In Los Angeles, PATH has also begun construction on PATH Villas South Gate, with 60 units for formerly homeless tenants and veterans and opened PATH Metro Villas, Phase Two, which provides 122 units for formerly homeless individuals. Throughout the pandemic, PATH provided support services at three isolation and quarantine sites with 600+ rooms and two emergency motels with 200+ room. In addition to this site, PATH also partnered with the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti to open two additional A Bridge Home interim housing sites, a 154-bed site in Venice and a 54-bed site in Mid City.
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