City opens latest bridge home in Los Feliz

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, left, and City Councilman David Ryu, center, take part a ribbon cutting marking the opening of the Los Feliz Bridge Home July 24. The facility is the 19th shelter to open in the city’s A Bridge Home program to provide housing for homeless individuals. (Photo courtesy of the Mayor’s Office)

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LOS ANGELES — The city opened its 19th A Bridge Home shelter for homeless people July 24, with the latest coming to the Los Feliz neighborhood.

Councilman David Ryu and Mayor Eric Garcetti officially opened the Los Feliz Bridge Home on Riverside Drive, which will house 100 men and women experiencing homelessness in the area and include space for pets.

The Los Feliz Bridge Home will mean shelter, safety and health care for hundreds of people currently living on the streets or in the Los Angeles River,” Ryu said. “This center and the many more we’re building across District Four will save lives. It’s not just about the housing but the care and services that our unhoused neighbors so desperately need and the close collaboration with the community that will make more homeless housing centers possible.”

The Los Feliz Bridge Home will be operated by People Assisting the Homeless, or PATH, a Los Angeles-based organization that specializes in homeless services.

The facility includes beds, meals, a pet care area and office space for residents to meet with counselors and other supportive staff.

It took five months to build at a cost of $7 million, largely from state grants, Ryu said. Furniture was donated by Aether Apparel and pillows were donated by Allied Feather & Down, both Los Angeles-area businesses.

“Long before the COVID-19 emergency, we were confronting the moral and humanitarian crisis of our time — homelessness,” Garcetti said. “Our work to bring unhoused Angelenos indoors has never been more urgent or important, and the opening of the Los Feliz A Bridge Home site is the latest milestone in our commitment to deliver housing, healing and hope to our most vulnerable neighbors.”

The Los Feliz Bridge Home received support from neighborhood groups including the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council, the Los Feliz Improvement Association, the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, the Griffith Park Advisory Board, the Friends of Griffith Park, the Griffith Park Adult Community Club and more, Ryu said.