Hidden City reports that a proposal for more transitional housing on the 1200 block of Bainbridge Street would double the number of homeless men living temporarily on that block, and neighbors are understandably a bit wary.
The respected organization Ready, Willing and Able has operated transitional housing, job training and support services for 75 men at 1211 Bainbridge St. for 12 years. Because they needed more space for programming, they decided to move to a bigger facility at 1221 Bainbridge, retaining the same number of beds.
But building owner Sean McDougal of Bainbridge Properties presented plans last month to the neighborhood’s registered community organization, the Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition, to lease 1211 to the city for another 75 beds operated by the nonprofit Resources for Human Development. Says Hidden City: