Jon Baird

First Temporary Homeless Shelter Opens at Olvera Street in DTLA

September 10, 2018 - 12:43 pm

(KNX 1070) - The first "Bridge Home" shelter opens Monday near Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles.

It'll provide temporary housing for the homeless. A candle-light vigil is planned for Monday night in support of the homeless.

But there's opposition in some communities.  There was a protest in San Pedro over the weekend. Opponents staged a protest over the weekend. On Monday night, there's a counter demonstration in support of the shelter. 

The new, temporary homeless shelter in downtown LA was unveiled last week and is one of more than a dozen temporary shelters planned for the city. Approximately 45 homeless will live there.

KNX reporter Jon Baird:

LA plans to open 15 of these temporary shelters called "Bridge Homes," one in each city council district.

This one consists of several trailers that look like portable classrooms from the outside.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said we’re confronting the greatest humanitarian crisis we face as a city a crisis of homelessness.

Council President Herb Wesson says this really does give the homeless a big boost. Forty five people will move in, with 30 men and 15 women selected from people who were living on the streets in the surrounding area.

There’s been a lot of controversy about the temporary homeless shelters with some communities that have fought to keep them out.

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