LOS FELIZ—Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu’s proposed homeless housing site in Los Feliz is closer to becoming a reality as it was approved by the Parks Commission on Wednesday, September 4. The proposed city owned housing complex is planned to be built at 3248 Riverside Drive. The project is part of the ‘A Bridge Home’ initiative that calls on 15 Council Districts to determine a location in a high density homeless population for public housing.
“In times of crisis, parks have always helped meet our highest challenges and serve our greatest needs,” Councilmember Ryu said in his testimony before the Commission. “Today, Commissioners, I am asking you to once again help our City in its hour of need. By opening up this lot to Bridge Housing, we will not only meet the crisis of our time, but we will also help build community around this shared purpose of ending homelessness.”
The facility would be temporary with the goal to provide shelter to the homeless, and assist case managers, mental health professionals, substance abuse treatment and housing placement. The program aims to rehabilitate the homeless in order to help rebuild their lives, and is expected to last for three years.
Councilmember Ryu has been working on the project since February 2019. He has gained support from the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council, as well as many other local organizations. Ryu and his team are focusing their efforts on getting funding approved by the Los Angeles City Council. This is the fourth bridge housing project in Council District Four. According to a press release from Councilmember Ryu’s office, the project cleared its feasibility review earlier this year, and is aimed to hold 100 men and women dealing with homelessness.
Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.
Written By Alexandra White and Casey Jacobs