Over the past five years, the West San Fernando Valley has seen a dramatic increase in households experiencing homelessness, but little help has been available in the area. People who need help are forced to travel many miles to access bridge housing or other resources.
The property at 7621 Canoga Avenue served for decades as a Department of Mental Health Center. In March, the Department of Mental Health consolidated their staff in another location and vacated the property. On June 26, the Board of Supervisors voted to option the property and explore the feasibility of utilizing the site for bridge housing.
On Tuesday, September 11th, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s Office hosted the first Community Dialogue where local residents learned more about this new, innovative bridge housing proposal, and shared their constructive feedback and concerns. Located in Canoga Park, it will connect housing and services to individuals experiencing homelessness in our community. At this interactive event, community members were able to ask questions and get answers from the Supervisor’s Housing and Homelessness Deputy, Molly Rysman, as well as West Valley Field Office’s District Director, Susan Ng. Over 30 community members, stakeholders, and business owners from the Canoga Park area attended this week’s Community Dialogue, the first of three such sessions regarding the Canoga Park Bridge Housing Proposal. The next two Community Dialogues will be held on October 9th and November 13th.
Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s Office is committed to making certain that Canoga Park community members are involved throughout this process. Community Dialogues will take place at the Canoga Park Community Center. These small gatherings help ensure that participants have the opportunity to provide feedback so attendees must RSVP in advance. To RSVP please contact Daniela Berbel at (213) 974-3333 or DBerbel@bos.lacounty.gov. Please only RSVP for one presentation to maximize community participation.
For more information or to provide feedback on the Canoga Park Bridge Housing Proposal, click here.