Cypress Park — Councilman Gil Cedillo wants the city to look at the possibility of opening temporary shelters to house the homeless near the Cypress Park traffic circle.
The two proposed facilities would be located on a pair of vacant, city owned parcels on the perimeter of the traffic circle at the junction of Figueroa Street and San Fernando Road, according to Cedillo’s proposal.
If adopted by the City Council, staff from several city departments would be directed to “evaluate the properties and report on its availability and feasibility to be utilized as temporary crises bridge housing.”
Officials are seeking to build such shelters across the city in areas where there are large homeless populations. They are intended to be built quickly and could be composed of trailers or tent-structures, according to the city’s A Bridge Home website. The shelters, which would be staffed and provide social services, would stay open for three years.
The same vacant lots at 499 and 503 N. San Fernando Road that are now being eyed for homeless shelters were once envisioned as part a new public spaces and parks that would be created near the confluence of the Los Angeles River and the Arroyo Seco.
Cedillo’s motion is subject to City Council review and approval before staff can start studying the site and report on their findings.
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