Councilmember Curren Price and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas were on hand in South LA last week to welcome the first 10 trailers sent by Gov. Gavin Newsom to Los Angeles County to help alleviate the county’s homeless crisis.
Previously used by first responders to the Camp Fire in Northern California, the trailers each have a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and dining area, as well as other amenities. They are being repurposed to temporarily house homeless families with children at a site called Safe Landing for Families-Broadway.
Price filed the Los Angeles City Council motion to expedite the lease for the site, a LA City-owned parking lot at Broadway and 85th Street. Ridley-Thomas filed the Board of Supervisors motion to request the trailers from the Governor and to develop the site for the families.
One of LA County’s Measure H-funded nonprofit partners, St. Joseph Center, deployed street outreach teams to identify the families who will move into the trailers. Many of them are currently living on the streets in the immediate vicinity – in cars or dilapidated RV’s – or in rented motel rooms.
St. Joseph Center will provide the families with wraparound services and connect them to longer-term affordable housing.
Over the last few weeks, LA County’s Chief Executive Office and Public Works Department, in coordination with LA City’s Department of Water and Power and other agencies, expedited the installation of electricity, water and sewage connections at the site, as well as other improvements to make it a safe, secure and welcoming environment.
The real estate development firm Trammell Crow Co., along with ConAm Building Co. and Unisource Solutions, donated a trailer for the St. Joseph Center staff to use as an office at the site. Meanwhile, the California Community Foundation donated funds for a playground, pet area and patio area.