L.A. City Council Committee Backs Plan to Build 5 New Temporary Homeless Shelters

Supporters of Mayor Eric Garcetti's Bridge Home plan, which would house homeless people in temporary shelters, hold signs at a hearing on five proposed shelters in Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2018. (Credit: Dakota Smith / Los Angeles Times)

Supporters of Mayor Eric Garcetti's Bridge Home plan, which would house homeless people in temporary shelters, hold signs at a hearing on five proposed shelters in Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2018. (Credit: Dakota Smith / Los Angeles Times)

Mayor Eric Garcetti’s plan to ease Los Angeles’ homeless crisis by putting up temporary shelters across the city moved forward Wednesday after City Council members supported shelters in Venice, Wilmington, San Pedro, Watts and South L.A.

Councilmen Mike Bonin and Marqueece Harris-Dawson, who serve on a committee focused on homelessness, agreed to exempt the projects from a full review under the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, the state law governing development. The exemptions allow for the projects to be built more quickly.

The projects now will be considered by the full City Council.

Garcetti’s Bridge Home program seeks to erect shelters in all 15 council districts. The council has approved CEQA exemptions for proposed shelters in several other neighborhoods, including Hollywood and downtown.

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