The Los Angeles city parks commission Wednesday approved the use a section of Griffith Park for a temporary homeless shelter that would serve up to 100 people.
The Board of Recreation and Parks Commissioners voted unanimously to allow the Riverside Drive location to be used for Bridge Housing, which was recommended by City Councilman David Ryu.
“In times of crisis, parks have always helped meet our highest challenges and serve our greatest needs,” Ryu said. “By opening up this lot to Bridge Housing, we will not only meet the crisis of our time, but we will also help build community around this shared purpose of ending homelessness.”
Ryu cited the Rodger Young Village, an affordable housing project for military families that was erected in Griffith Park following World War II, as an example of Los Angeles parks providing space for needed housing or shelter.
The proposed temporary Bridge Housing would be the fourth project of its kind in Ryu’s Council District 4. Ryu said the project cleared its feasibility review earlier this year and is designed to shelter men and women experiencing homelessness.
The next step for the project is to get funding approved by the City Council.
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