LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles County supervisors have approved initial funding for a "sobering center" in the city's Skid Row.
The center will be located at a former mental health center on Maple Avenue. When up and running, it will be able to handle about 8,000 visits a year.
It's an attempt to divert homeless alcoholics away from jail and emergency rooms and toward treatment.
It will be placed in a county-leased building and will be run by the Department of Health Services. Establishing the center will cost $2 million. Maintaining it will cost $3.4 million a year.
Portland, Oregon established a similar center with various degrees of success, but this is the first of kind for Lois Angeles' skid row.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Los Angeles supervisors approve 'sobering center' in Skid Row