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Grand Opening of First South L.A. Bridge Home
By Sentinel News Service
Published September 12, 2019

Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Mayor Eric Garcetti attend Bridge Home Ground Breaking at 5965 St. Andrews Place in South Los Angeles.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, Ralph Dominguez General Services Director and Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson (Betsy Best, L.A. City Hall)

City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson joined Mayor Eric Garcetti to open the first Bridge Housing shelter in South LA. The Bridge Home at 5965 St. Andrews is the newest edition to city-wide solutions to end homelessness. Beginning today, “The Bread Yard” will serve as a supportive housing facility for 100 individuals experiencing or transitioning from homelessness and will include social services to help these people get back on their feet.

“Housing is a human right and we need to do everything possible to provide shelter as well as the requisite resources residents require to live stable lives,” said City Council Member Marqueece Harris-Dawson. “This Bridge Home is the latest effort to support homeless residents and the communities that house them. I’m committed to using every tool and tactic available to solve this crisis.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, SSG/HOPICS Director Veronica Lewis (Betsy Best, L.A. City Hall)

The Bridge Home will provide housing for 63 men and 37 women currently sleeping on the street or in their cars in South LA. It will include a community room, kitchen, garden and dog park. Additionally, the service provider HOPICS, will provide mental health, substance abuse and job training resources on site for every resident.

“The St Andrews Bridge Home in City Council District 8 is inspiring because it allows us to help restore dignity to men and women living on the streets, said SSG/HOPICS Director, Veronica Lewis. “HOPICS is proud to partner with the City to restore hope to one person at a time and address this humanitarian crisis in the City of Angels.”

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