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More Facts Known About the Bridge Home Proposed for MTA Lot

This is the 30 May version from the council office of the Bridge Housing facility at the MTA lot on Sunset.   A newer, more readable version will be released shortly.  A is the pet area; B is the large 100-bed facility that will have the tent membrane over it and the women (to the west) will be separated from the men; C is the bathroom, laundry facilities; D is the offices for the supportive staff; E is the secured entrance from the parking lot and walk-in off the street; F is the bathroom, laundry facilities for the youth group; G is the 20-car parking lot; H is the five trailers for the 18 – 24 youth;  I is the eating courtyard.  Meals will be prepared offsite and delivered three times a day.  Buildings to the north of the pet area are existing buildings.

Venetians are starting to get acquainted with the facility that will be on the MTA site on Sunset between Main and Pacific.

A coffee get together was held last week with members of PATH and SPY, the newly appointed Venice Deputy for Bridge Housing Allison Wilhite, and about 10 members of the community.  Ten community members are all that are allowed.

Two stories have been written about the first meeting.  The one with the most site peculiar facts is McGregor’s story. The other story gives Frequently asked Questions.  So the facts revealed in the two stories and these following are the only facts in writing at this point.  At the first meeting Venice Update posed 5 questions.  The five questions and answers are:

1.   What are the house rules for occupants?

PATH operates under a low-barrier harm-reduction approach—we have four basic program rules:

  1. No acts or threats of violence

  2. No drugs or alcohol on site

  3. No theft or destruction of property

  4. No possession or use of weapons.

2.   What is the criteria for selection?  Please consider the fact that Venice is so transient.  According to a former pacific division police captain and Regina Weller, 90 percent of Venice homeless are transient.

The list for prospective guests is compiled by the assigned outreach teams in the Venice area. Guests are drawn from the defined outreach catchment area, which is limited to the Venice neighborhood. This is the same area from which additional guests will be drawn as people move through the Bridge Home. In addition to living on the streets within the area, people are prioritized based on an evaluation score which determines the level of need or urgency for the individual.

3.  How about those that will not go to the bridge home; they want to live on the streets?  Will they be allowed to continue living as they are on the streets?  Will sanitation and police discourage their presence on the streets of Venice.

As we know, in Martin v. City of Boise, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals says that it is cruel and unusual punishment for any city to prohibit sleeping on public property unless  shelter is available.  A priority for the City is to provide the services and attention to connect people experiencing homelessness with alternatives to living on the street as quickly as possible.

The City’s CARE+ team, comprised of sanitation workers, outreach specialists, and local police, will conduct weekly comprehensive, posted cleanups at the encampments with the greatest need while providing mobile hygiene services. Additionally, the District’s CARE team, comprised of sanitation workers and outreach specialists, will deliver regular trash removal and cleaning services four days a week. These teams will work to mitigate the negative impacts of encampments on the neighborhood while abiding by the law as it stands. Each individual is unique and the pathway to housing will vary on his or her circumstances, which is why services like the Bridge Home and targeted outreach are so necessary.

4.  At closing, when the 3 years are up, what will you do with the people who remain within the bridge home?

Prior to closing, the site operators will wind down intake services on site and prepare for the transition. The plan is to move everyone into permanent housing before the closing of the site.

5.  Will you establish a neighborhood committee, group to represent those in close proximity so that their complaints regarding operation of the bridge home can be heard and solved?

In collaboration with the Council District, PATH will host a quarterly neighborhood advisory council to share information and data as it relates to the Bridge Home site.


Comments (5)

  1. TH

    I’ve been homeless now for going on 12 years and frankly I think this is an idiotic idea. You’re not going to get homeless people like me who don’t drink or shoot up heroin and crystal meth in there because we don’t want anything to do with these idiots. The vast majority of the homeless here I don’t even consider to be homeless. They’re just a bunch of uneducated low class junkies and thieves. Most of them you can’t even have the most basic of conversations with because they talk in gibberish. Literally just gibberish. Personally I think all this money should be going to build a big jail somewhere that’s specifically just for vagrants. I think the LAPD should be visiting all of these encampments during daytime hours and any of these lazy bums who are there hanging out doing nothing should be cuffed, charged with vagrancy and thrown in a cell for 30 days. When they get out if they come back to Venice they should just be arrested again until it sinks in that it’s time for them to move on. I don’t blame residents at all for opposing this “bridge home.” But residents at least can escape into their homes. Homeless people like me have nowhere to escape to and we’re fed up too. I sleep off by myself every night but I still have to deal with these idiots on a regular basis. I’ve been woke up in the middle of the night by idiots bumming cigarettes. I even had one brandish a big knife at me one night. I can’t even go to McDonalds for a cup of coffee without one of them hitting me up for money. It’s ridiculous that people think free housing is the solution to this madness. I feel sorry for all the young kids and the disabled out here on the streets but probably 90 to 95% of the rest are just junkies, bums and bicycle thieves who belong in cages, not free apartments. Oh and in closing very few of these people are actually mentally ill. It’s all the drugs they’re doing that just gives them the appearance of being mentally ill.

    • Tyler durden

      Theyre on drugs so what’s your excuse for being homeless over a decade? Get off your high horse you appearently aren’t much smarter considering you are where you are.

      • TH

        If you want to pay twice as much money for an apartment as what it’s actually worth knock yourself out. Thanks to the million illegal immigrants we have living here that none of the Democrats who run this city want to do anything about you we now have a big housing shortage where you can’t find anything anywhere in the entire city of L.A. anymore that isn’t at least 1500 a month. And none of those apartments are worth anything close to that kind of money. They’re all dumps. For me to enjoy the same kind of lifestyle that I enjoyed out here for years on a thousand dollars a week I’d have to make around 2500 a week at today’s price gouging market rates. And why should I do that? I have no moral obligation to make some landlord a multi-millionaire just because the liberals here in L.A. don’t want to see any of our immigration laws enforced.

    • philth

      i agree with TH as also someone who was unfortunately stuck in a cycle of streets and institutions for almost a decade. prior i had my successes in life, but no support system or family and even being detained fora trail you win can cost you everything.
      Tyler Durden, I refuse drugs to the point when i was gravely injured last year ER doctors desided to test me for being on pcp or other stimulants… the stigma is that real when your stuck in this demographic. Im autistic and have communication issues when distressed… to the point i recived no novicaine as they laced up my jaw for 2 hours from being in 4 parts… I couldnt agree more w TH and its unfortunate that the resources that are supposed to be there to help those of us who want to return to valuable equitable members of society are taxed by nurtured drug and addiction habits excused and dismissed. I fell into these programs as someone under threat and in grave injury who could not feed himself.. ITs frustrating to watch frankly a majority of dope fiends finding ways to not just survive but thrive at the cost and burden of citizens who are equitable with society.
      I stayed away from residential areas. I at my time had a nice home and also a business… i can ask nothing from an other man that i wouldn’t happily offer. not funny but most staff and even directors of programs do not reside here and are college grads… its like any college town full of idealists who dont end up staying around to see the impact and burden left in the wake.

      and yes tyler.. I have alot of mental health issues so i am not able to work currently. faith some of us carry alot of shame and guilt that is a defeating cycle when you are trying and want to get better..
      take care bud

    • Hctans

      Well said well said. All true and anyone that argues is obviously working for bonin. He’s a junkie…a fraudulent money laundering thief junkie. Lies 24/7 Fkn loser.

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