Crisis and Bridge Housing in Compton

Dozens of homeless families will soon be able to move into an apartment complex in Compton, the latest example of Measure H @work.

Acting on a motion by its Chairman, Mark Ridley-Thomas, the Board of Supervisors approved using Measure H funds to convert an apartment complex into 52 units of crisis and bridge housing, which are short-term accommodations for people transitioning into permanent housing. They provide a more stable, home-like environment, in part because they have kitchens so families can prepare their own meals.

The nonprofit Special Service for Groups Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (SSG HOPICS) will operate the site. It already operates 89 crisis and bridge housing units at various sites, while also providing emergency housing for 223 families at hotels and motels throughout the region.

Each crisis and bridge housing unit typically costs the County $60 and $80 a night, respectively, while hotels and motels cost approximately $95 per night. Transforming an apartment complex into additional crisis and bridge housing units will reduce the County’s reliance on hotels and motels, saving an estimated $474,500 a year, which can be used for further help the homeless population.

SSG HOPICS Division Director Veronica Lewis said, “The investment in developing additional family crisis housing capacity in this region is both timely and necessary to meet the growing demand for homeless families, and to ensure safety and security for children in our community.”

Measure H is a 1/4-cent County sales tax approved by nearly 70 percent of voters on March 7. Projected to raise about $355 million annually for 10 years, it is expected to help 45,000 families and individuals escape homelessness within the next five years, and to prevent homelessness for 30,000 others.