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The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously approved a motion which calls for five trailers to be installed at a CIty-owned parking lot near Union Station to provide temporary shelter and bathroom facilities for up to 60 homeless men and women.

According to an announcement from 14th District Councilmember Jose Huizar, the temporary accommodations will consist of three leased 24-foot by 60-foot trailers; one leased 24-foot by 60-foot office trailer for administrative work and case management services; and one 12-foot by 60-foot hygiene trailer containing restrooms, showers, and laundry services.

A non-profit service provider identified and under contract with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority will manage the property, with the goal of case-managing individuals toward long-term stabilization and permanent housing.  Counseling staff will be on-site from 8 am to 5 pm.

The temporary shelter, which will be located at El Pueblo's Parking Lot 5, will cost $2.4 million in the first year and $1.4 million annually thereafter.  The site is expected to be up and running by summer 2018.

 

El Pueblo Parking Lot 5. Image via Google Maps.

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