Los Angeles Plans to Create a Temporary Homeless Shelter on Koreatown Parking lot
Last month, a Los Angeles City Council committee approved a Koreatown parking lot as a potential site for a temporary homeless shelter. The decision was made amid opposition from various community members that do not want the temporary homeless shelter at that site. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti created a new citywide program that has the Koreatown site, located at 682 S. Vermont Ave., among several other locations as possible sites for temporary shelters. The Homelessness and Poverty Committee unanimously approved the site because the committee believes that is suitable for development as a crisis and bridge housing facility. Councilman Mike Bonin stated the following at a city council meeting,
This is an emergency, and this is nothing short of a matter of life and death. And it has taken us way too long to get to this moment. We must act. If people are dying on the street, we do not say wait until we build a hospital before we treat them.
The overall shelter program was approved by the council last month when it finalized the city’s proposed 2018-19 budget. The proposed budget also includes at least $20 million for the “A Bridge Home” initiative and a potential $10 million more that could be used in a variety of ways to support homeless programs. Some opponents of the shelter believe that it would attract more homeless people to the neighborhood. Supporters of the shelter believe that since the neighborhood is already filled with encampments, it could serve as a way to transition the people sleeping on the sidewalks into better conditions. We will have to wait and see if the temporary homeless shelter is actually built at the planned site.