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Permanent Housing Still Eludes Residents Of 'Bridge' Homeless Shelters

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When L.A. politicians pitch "bridge housing" as a solution to homelessness, they create the impression each temporary shelter will smoothly and rapidly transition homeless individuals into permanent housing.

But the reality is less straightforward.

At the first four sites opened under L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's "A Bridge Home" program -- each which has been open for more than one year -- only about one in four individuals who departed the shelter has left for permanent housing.

It's the result of an extremely limited amount of low-income housing in Los Angeles that very poor people can afford. Consequently, many can find themselves stuck in what was supposed to be an interim solution.

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