The City Council approved two Bridge Housing Community (BHC) sites. The 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 sleeping cabins for program residents. In addition to sleeping cabins, each BHC offers community space that includes shower facilities, a common kitchen, laundry facilities, storage, meeting rooms, staff offices, and designated smoking areas. The sites also include parking lots, trash enclosures, 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 takes certain precautions to ensure resident and neighborhood safety. Each site is enclosed by a fence to control foot traffic in and out of the site. Anyone entering or leaving the site is required to stop at the BHC office. Loitering near is 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.
For more information about HomeFirst, the BHC operator, and to find details about making donations or apply to live at a BHC, please click here.
To volunteer to build BHC sleeping cabins with Habitat For Humanity, please click here.