Mayor Garcetti signs Executive Directive to accelerate construction of emergency homeless shelters

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today implemented a critical tool for building “A Bridge Home” for homeless Angelenos — signing an executive directive which will expedite and streamline the process for standing up temporary homeless shelters across Los Angeles.

Executive Directive 24 requires City departments to fast-track temporary shelter projects from application to construction, allowing those that meet legal and environmental standards to open their doors in as little as 32 weeks. The City will guide these projects to the front of the line from start to finish.

“No amount of red tape should stand in the way of our fight to end homelessness,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “We have to use the unprecedented resources, partnerships, and political will to bring our unsheltered neighbors off the streets.”

On April 17, the City declared a shelter crisis, making Los Angeles the first city in California to take advantage of a new state law allowing local governments to build homeless shelters on any land owned or leased by the city, and to adopt alternative public health and safety standards in order to stand up shelters quickly.

The Executive Directive requirements include:

  • Relevant General Managers and Department heads must designate a Temporary Emergency Homeless Shelter Project Manager, who will be responsible for prioritizing shelter projects over all other projects under an aggressive timeline.
  • The entire site evaluation process must be completed within 21 days so that construction can begin as quickly as possible.
  • The site plan and design for each new project must be completed within 30 days of the City Council authorizing funding.
  • All plan checks must be completed within 7 days.
  • On-site construction for the temporary emergency shelters must be completed within 90 days.

During his annual State of the City address in April, Mayor Garcetti unveiled “A Bridge Home,” the latest step in his plan to end street homelessness over the next decade. The plan includes a $20 million Crisis and Bridge Housing Fund in the FY18-19 budget that is available for use in all 15 of the City’s Council Districts. In order to access the funds, each Councilmember must identify a site or building adjacent to a high-density homeless population and establish an emergency shelter.

In the months leading up to the opening of these new shelters, the County will direct unprecedented outreach, mental health, and addiction support services to encampments in participating districts, to prepare homeless Angelenos to move indoors. After the new shelters open their doors, City Sanitation teams will work to restore spaces that were previously encampment sites into safe, clean, public passageways.

The temporary emergency housing will stand for three years, enough time for the City to build supportive housing for the Angelenos living in them. The supportive housing will be furnished with on-site mental health, employment, addiction, and wellness resources.