Construction began this week on the Sylmar Armory Women’s Bridge Housing!
LA Family Housing— the lead homeless service provider in the Valley, will carry out renovations and operate the facility. Once completed, the facility, newly named “The Arroyo”, will provide a much-needed path out of homelessness for hundreds of women in the County.
LAHSA’s Homeless Count found that there were 58,936 people experiencing homelessness in the County of Los Angeles, of whom 44,214 were counted as unsheltered. Of those unsheltered, over 18,000 were women.
Women experiencing homelessness face an additional set of challenges when living on the streets. A report by LAHSA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Women and Homelessness showed that high rates of women had experienced physical and sexual violence, human trafficking, poverty, and poor physical and mental health.
In addition to the general need to build housing capacity for all individuals experiencing homelessness, women need to have a safe place to call home where they can address trauma experienced on the streets and begin to heal.
On October 3, 2017, the Board approved the conversion of the Sylmar Armory to a year-round bridge housing program for women. The facility will be operated by LA Family Housing, an organization with extensive experience in operating bridge housing. The 11,369-square-foot building sits on 5.1 acres and has operated for the past several decades as a seasonal winter shelter.
“I am really looking forward to the completion of these renovations so that LA Family Housing can begin to do what they do best; provide these women with a safe, stable place to call home as they begin to heal and guide them on their journey to permanent housing,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.
The Armory, previously owned by the State of California, is located at 12860 Arroyo Street in the City of Los Angeles and the County’s Third District.