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LA Opens New 'Bridge' Homeless Shelter In San Pedro

The 16th "A Bridge Home" shelter opened under Mayor Eric Garcetti's program. (Courtesy of Mayor Eric Garcetti/Twitter)
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L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, along with local politicians and homeless services leaders, celebrated the opening of the 16th “A Bridge Home” homeless shelter in San Pedro on Monday morning.

It’s the latest opening in Garcetti’s “A Bridge Home” program, first announced back in 2018.

“Bridge housing” is intended to offer people experiencing homelessness a temporary location to stabilize after time on the street. But those who move in still need permanent housing to exit.

On Friday, the 15th shelter opened in North Hollywood with blessings from Jeopardy host Alex Trebek who, Garcetti said, donated half a million dollars for the shelter.

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Garcetti says a total of 24 shelters should be open by the end of July.

When asked Monday about how quickly people moving into the “A Bridge Home” shelters exit to permanent housing, Garcetti responded, “It's lower and slower is the honest answer.”

“We were hoping it would be every three or four months, [or] six months. In the first [shelters], it was averaging more like a year… I anticipate it will be faster this year."

LAist has requested Garcetti’s office provide more information about how many clients who have moved into “A Bridge Home” shelters have exited to permanent housing, and how long it took them on average.

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