On December 18, 2018, the City Council approved two proposed Bridge Housing Community (BHC) sites. The two sites are located in Districts 3 and 7. One is owned by VTA and one is a owned by Caltrans. Each BHC features 40 individual Emergency Sleeping Cabins (ESC) for program residents. In addition to sleeping cabins, each BHC offers community space that will include shower facilities, a common kitchen, laundry facilities, storage, meeting rooms, staff offices, and designated smoking areas. Further, the grounds include a parking lot, trash enclosure, a temporary dog run (if space permits), and community garden space.
summary of rules
Each BHC may operate differently based on several factors, including site governance, target population, and site amenities. Site-specific rules will include rules that ensure BHC residents are good neighbors and respectful of surrounding communities.
While site-specific rules may vary from site to site, all BHCs will include common rules to ensure public safety. Common site rules will focus on respect between all stakeholders and restrictions on any unwanted actions or behaviors that may affect public safety.
explanation of security precautions to keep bhc residents and neighborhood safe
Each BHC will take certain precautions to ensure resident and neighborhood safety. Each site will be enclosed by a fence to control foot traffic in and out of the site. Anyone entering or leaving the site will be required to stop by the BHC main office. Loitering near the site will be monitored and addressed. For the first year, both BHC sites will have 24/7 security services. After one year, security precautions will be reevaluated.
In addition to all security measures, BHC operating staff and City staff will engage with community stakeholders to collect input about security and neighborhood concerns.