27 Oct Councilman Herb Wesson Announces Formation of Hope and Lafayette Community Advisory Council in Lead Up to Hope on Lafayette Bridge Home Grand Opening
Councilman Herb Wesson Announces Formation of Hope and Lafayette Community Advisory Council in Lead Up to Hope on Lafayette Bridge Home Grand Opening
LOS ANGELES – Councilman Herb Wesson has announced the formation of the Hope on Lafayette Bridge Home Community Advisory Council. The Council will be made up of community groups from the non-profit sector, neighborhood councils, faith groups, public health & housing experts, and people with lived experience navigating homelessness from throughout the surrounding region of the Hope on Lafayette Bridge Home, located at the intersection of Wilshire Blvd. and Hoover St.
“This project has been made possible because of continued community support and input,” said Wesson. “We will continue to need those community-driven insights as we open and begin to operate Hope on Lafayette so that we can make sure our unhoused neighbors are able to get a roof over their heads and the services they need to get back on their feet and into a permanent home.”
The Council will oversee and provide recommendations to the City with respect to the crisis and Bridge Housing facility throughout its final stage of development and operations once it’s opened. Throughout the evolution of the project, the City’s plan has been to convene the Advisory Council in the month preceding the opening of the. The 72-bed facility is in its final stage of development, and is expected to be completed at the end of October and occupied shortly after.
The Community Advisory Council will meet on a regular basis, and will have the Salvation Army (the facility’s service provider), LAHSA, the LA County Department of Public Health, the LA County Department of Mental Health, Wilshire Center Business Improvement District (BID), LAPD, and LAFD attend meetings and report to the CAC as needed.
“This is what ending homelessness looks like: Advocates, businesses, residents, nonprofits, and those who have experienced homelessness grappling with the difficult decisions that come with operating shelter and housing,” said Chris Ko, Managing Director of Homelessness Initiatives at United Way of Great Los Angeles. “What a landmark moment to finally be sitting together at one table and focused on one goal: helping this community be safe and welcoming for everyone who calls it home.”
“The Bridge Home shelter offers a valuable new resource to unhoused Ktown residents,” said homeless outreach organization Ktown for All. “We look forward to serving on the advisory council to uplift the needs and experiences of our unhoused neighbors.”
“The Bridge Home at Lafayette Park not only serves as a catalyst for change, but also gives an opportunity to continue to develop and broaden relationships between community members, to better serve our unhoused neighbors,” said Alan Antonio of the Latino Coalition of Los Angeles. “We are honored to have been able to serve alongside other community partners and LA City Council President Emeritus, Herb Wesson Jr. to uplift our unhoused neighbors, and hope to continue to do so as part of the Community Advisory Council moving forward.”
“The Lafayette Park Bridge Home is an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who need it most,” said Shawn Pleasants, who was formerly unhoused in Koreatown. Let’s not just offer them Home, but more importantly, Hope and Respect!”
The following organizations will have one representative each on the Council, in addition to two people with lived experience of homelessness:
Breaking Through Barriers to Success
Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA)
Korean American Federation of Los Angeles (KAFLA)
Wilshire Center Koreatown Neighborhood Council
Ktown for All
Latino Coalition of Los Angeles
MacArthur Park Neighborhood Council
Rampart Village Neighborhood Council
City of Los Angeles Lafayette Park Director
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Wilshire Community Coalition Wilshire Center Koreatown Neighborhood Council