Building Bridges: A New Housing Facility for the Homeless Opens in Westlake - NBC Southern California
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Building Bridges: A New Housing Facility for the Homeless Opens in Westlake

The housing complex is nicknamed "Casa Azul," to honor the home of Frida Kahlo.

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    The Frida Kahlo Museum, where a homeless housing complex named "Casa Azul" was opened in Westlake on Monday, April 29, 2019.

    What to Know

    • The newly-built housing complex in Westlake is a part of the Bridge Home initiative by City Councilman Gil Cedillo.

    • Eric Garcetti attended the opening of the 6,300-square-foot facility at 1920 W. Third St.

    • The facility is managed by People Assisting the Homeless, which will provide case management services for 28 women and five families.

    A newly opened bridge housing site in the Westlake section of Los Angeles is nicknamed "Casa Azul," or "The Blue House," after the home, now turned museum, of late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Councilman Gil Cedillo and other dignitaries were on hand Monday for a grand opening event at the 6,300-square-foot facility at 1920 W. Third St.

    "Homelessness is the humanitarian crisis of our time, and the only way to end it is to bring our people indoors as quickly as we can," Garcetti said. "Casa Azul will provide badly-needed bridge housing for dozens of adults and families right now, and I applaud Councilmember Cedillo and our county partners for the hard work they invested in this A Bridge Home project."

    Casa Azul is the first site to be opened in Cedillo's district as part of the Bridge Home program, which aims to open bridge housing facilities for the homeless in each district to help move more people off the streets and transition them into permanent supportive housing.

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    The facility will be managed by People Assisting The Homeless, which will provide case management services for 28 women and five families.

    "Every human being, especially those that may be suffering disenfranchisement, deserve two things: dignity and respect. This space is the manifestation of me and my team's commitment to providing those two things to our constituents daily," Cedillo said.