The number of beds at a Hollywood homeless shelter for women is about to double, City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell said Wednesday.
The City Council on Tuesday approved funding for 60 more beds at the Young Women’s Christian Association housing site, which has been in operation since November 2018 with 64 beds.
“These beds, along with wraparound supportive services, are going a long way toward giving those experiencing homelessness what they need to thrive instead of struggle on the margins,” O’Farrell said.
The council approved $3.2 million to lease the total 124 beds at the facility for three years.
Between the YWCA and the A Bridge Home facility on Schrader Boulevard, there are close to 200 shelter beds serving the needs of Hollywood, O’Farrell said.
“I am thrilled that the YWCA will be able to reach more women and youth and provide critical housing and supportive services so they can be contributing members of society,” said Faye Washington, the president and CEO of YWCA Greater Los Angeles.
Of the 60 additional beds being accommodated at the YWCA, 30 are for transition-age youth between the ages of 18 and 24 years old, and the other 30 beds will be designated for adult women.