L.A. City Council approves new shelter lease in Fashion District

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On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council finalized a temporary homeless shelter for about 92 men and 23 women in Downtown Los Angeles. The vote follows the city council’s Friday proposal to fund Skid Row hygiene services for $2.7 million.

The emergency housing will be located at 1426 Paloma Street, in the Fashion District. The shelter was approved in February, and municipal staff has spent the weeks since finalizing negotiating with the property owner. Now, on-site improvements, service preparation and focused outreach can begin. The facility is expected to open at the end of summer 2019.

Councilman Jose Huizar said that the new shelter was just the beginning and said in a statement that the new funds will augment further efforts to build emergency housing.

“Skid Row and the surrounding area remain the epicenter of our homelessness crisis,” Huizar said. “The $2.7 million will provide more hygiene options for the underserved population of people experiencing homelessness in Skid Row and will protect available storage for people to keep their property off of the streets.”

The money will go toward two Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) homeless engagement teams specific to Skid Row, improvements for The Bin voluntary storage facility, 24/7 shower and restroom services at The People Concern, expanded restroom and shower access at St. Vincent de Paul, five drinking fountains and six Sharps collection boxes to help reduce improper disposal of hazardous materials.

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