City to look at building homeless housing in Echo Park

Red marker indicates the city property that could be considered a homeless housing site

Echo Park — The City Council today directed staff to study the feasibility of building housing for the homeless  on city-owned property near the neighborhood’s main commercial strip.

The site in the 1100 block of Glendale Boulevard just south of Sunset Boulevard is currently occupied by an outdoor handball and basketball court operated by El Centro Del Pueblo, a social services nonprofit. El Centro has opposed the proposal, saying it could interfere with the services it provides.

13th District Councilman Mitch O’Farrell introduced the proposal last May as officials look for sites to build housing for the homeless and shelters in numerous neighborhoods.  O’Farrell has also proposed turning a public parking lot in Hollywood into an emergency homeless shelter.

The Echo Park properties “may be suitable for development as permanent supportive housing to help address the city’s homelessness and housing crisis,” said O’Farrell’s City Council motion.

What exactly could be built on the site,  a narrow property wedged between an alley behind The Echo nightclub and a church parking garage, has not not been determined.

With today’s vote, the City Administrative Officer with the help of other departments will start to review the site to determine whether it is suitable for development of “permanent supportive housing,” which can take many forms.

It’s not known when the review will be completed.

The City Council also voted today to move forward with proposals to set up homeless shelters in Koreatown and other neighborhoods, a move that has drawn intense opposition from some residents.

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