Los Angeles is proposing a new solution to its homelessness problem.
In 2024, voters in Los Angeles will decide if hotels in the city will be forced to provide free rooms to people who are homeless.
According to CNN, more than 60,000 people in Los Angeles County are without homes, while more than 20,000 hotel rooms remain unoccupied on an average night.
“We think this is one part of the solution. By no means do we think this solves the homelessness crisis, but do hotels have a role to play? of course they do,” Co-president of Unite Here Local 11 Kurt Petersen said.
“So the union he leads, which reps hotel workers, gathered enough signatures, and Angelinos will vote on a bill that would force every hotel in town to report vacancies at 02:00 p.m. Every day, then welcome homeless people into those vacant rooms,” according to CNN.
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Stuart Waldman, president of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association, disagrees.
“It’s just insane. It isn’t going to solve the problem,” he said.
Manoj Patel is the manager at an L.A. Motel 6. He voluntarily rents some rooms to homeless people who are vetted and paid for by a local church.
“Honestly, would you check into a hotel knowing that the chance of your neighbor to the left or right is a homeless individual?” he said.
Patel said that he is against a bill that would make this mandatory for hotels.
“We barely are surviving, number one. Number two, we have to think of the safety of our staff. And number three, we’re not professionally or any otherwise equipped with any of the supporting mechanisms that the homeless guest would require,” he said.
What services would be provided for the homeless remains unclear. Also unclear is how it would be funded.
Peterson said a pandemic-era program, which is now winding down, inspired the new bill by placing more than 10,000 people in hotels that volunteered.
“It’s up to the city. I mean, they did it during Project Room Key,” Peterson said.
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