Should vacant Compton site become bridge housing facility?
The facility will provide a safe and nurturing environment for approximately 77 families when fully operational.
A vacant lot at 1005 E. Rosecrans Ave. could be home to a facility providing a safe and nurturing environment for approximately 77 families when fully operational. Photo: Google
Union Rescue Mission seeks local input on vacant Compton site; facility for homeless families mulled
COMPTON — The Union Rescue Mission (URM) seeks public comments, ideas, and support for a new project planned for 1005 E. Rosecrans Ave., a vacant Compton site located on the north side of Rosecrans east of Van Ness Avenue in the city.
The proposed project will be a bridge housing facility for homeless families and mothers with children only. Single men and women seeking help will be referred to URM’s skid row facility. URM is not requesting any funds from the City of Compton to build or operate this facility.
The preliminary design includes a 4-story building that contains approximately 82,000 square feet of space, surface parking, a playground, high- quality finishes, and attractive landscaping. The on-site parking will accommodate all facility residents and employees. To ensure a safe environment for residents and neighbors, the facility will have 24-hour, 7 days per week security. The facility will provide a safe and nurturing environment for approximately 77 families when fully operational.
“URM is the largest service provider to the homeless population of Los Angeles County,” said Kevin Dretzka, director, URM. “During a typical day, URM provides a temporary home, counseling, and assistance for 1,200 residents in its skid row facility [545. S. San Pedro St.] and in its second facility, Hope Gardens Family Center in Sylmar.
“Hope Gardens, which is dedicated to mothers with children, has a capacity of 225 residents and has successfully operated for 11 years. Throughout its 126-year history, URM’s primary goal has been stabilization and transformation of its residents so that they can return to society as soon as possible to lead independent and satisfying lives,” Dretzka, added.
Residents wishing to provide input into the URM project, should call George Gibson at (213) 798-1409 or Rosie Perez at (213) 673-4593.