City Council Votes to Buy 2 Hotels: Will House 400 Homeless in December

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Residence Inn by Marriott at Kearny Mesa is sought for homeless housing.
Residence Inn by Marriott at Kearny Mesa will house hundreds of people experiencing homelessness. Image via Google Maps

The San Diego City Council took a major step Tuesday in its fight against homelessness, approving the purchase of two former hotel properties to create 332 permanent units for more than 400 San Diegans currently experiencing homelessness.

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The council, which voted 9-0, approved spending $67 million for a former Residence Inn in the Hotel Circle area and $39.5 million for a former Residence Inn in the Kearny Mesa neighborhood —locations that are expected to be move-in ready by Dec. 31, 2020.

“Allowing people to live unsafely on the streets is not OK,” City Council President Georgette Gomez said. “Today, the council took a huge leap forward by creating 332 new apartments with supportive services for more than 400

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Mayor Kevin Faulconer and other civic leaders gathered Monday to urge the City Council to vote Tuesday to purchase two hotels for housing hundreds of homeless San Diegans.

Faulconer, who was joined by City Council President Georgette Gomez, Councilmember Chris Ward and San Diego Housing Commission President and CEO Richard C. Gentry, asked that the council purchase the Residence Inn Hotel Circle and Residence Inn Kearny Mesa hotel properties — which could be turned into 332 permanent units for more than 400 homeless people.

Many of those people have been staying with Operation Shelter to Home, a collaborative project began by the city and homelessness service providers in April to manage more than 1,000 people experiencing homelessness at the San Diego Convention Center during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to city data, it has already helped find permanent housing for more than 660 people.

“These properties

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With the San Diego City Council’s approval, the city will convert two Residence Inn locations into fully furnished, move-in ready, apartment-style homes.

SAN DIEGO — The City of San Diego is expected to vote Tuesday on a major plan to turn two local hotels into housing for the homeless. With the San Diego City Council’s approval, the city will convert two Residence Inn locations  – one on Kearny Mesa Road and the one on Hotel Circle in Mission Valley – into fully furnished, move-in ready, apartment-style homes for about 400 homeless people.

The plan calls for many of them to move out of the San Diego Convention Center by December, where they’ve been temporarily housed during the pandemic. As of Monday, it was still housing about 1,000 people. 

“If there’s been any silver lining during this pandemic, it’s there’s fantastic work happening inside this building,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer Monday,

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COVID hotels for Bay Area homeless residents set to close

The Bay Area is winding down the grand experiment that sheltered thousands of its homeless residents in safe environments during the pandemic, raising fresh concerns about the spread of COVID-19 as officials scramble to find alternative housing.

Gov. Gavin Newsom launched Project Roomkey in April, a first-of-its-kind program that moved unhoused residents into hotels to protect them from the virus. Six months later, with federal funding sources poised to expire, Bay Area counties are moving to close those hotels — some in the next few months.

The program likely will be remembered as a mixed success. It didn’t come close to reaching everyone who needed help, but Project Roomkey proved that — given the funding and motivation — the Bay Area is capable of quickly mobilizing a vast amount of resources and personnel to attack the homelessness crisis.

The effort also allowed counties to reduce the number of people in

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Local woman who lived in her car while in college now cruises the streets to help the homeless

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — When Yasmine Charles’ workday with the Census Bureau is over, she hits the streets of Hampton Roads looking for the homeless, especially veterans.

On Thursday, just as she arrived at the flyover at Military Highway and Virginia Beach Boulevard, so did Norfolk Police officers who responded to complaints about the homeless. Apparently, passersby had complained of panhandling and the officers told the small group of men and women who had set up cots and blankets to move along.

In an hour, the sun would set, so Charles returned to her car that was parked nearby just outside a beauty supply store. A veteran named David, who frequents the area, agreed to speak with Charles who was wearing a mask while seated behind the wheel of her red Toyota.

David, deeply tanned from sun exposure, tossed his backpack to the ground and appeared eager to share —

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SEATTLE, WA — King County initiative that moved people experiencing homelessness out of shelters and into hotel rooms early in the pandemic helped slow transmission of the virus and led to increased overall health and stability, according to a new study.

In April, the county announced it would transition nearly 400 people from shelters to three hotels located in Bellevue, Renton and Seatac. Since then, the rooms have provided temporary shelter for more than 800 people.

A study conducted by the University of Washington and the county’s Department of Community and Human Services found improved physical and mental health among those housed in hotels, bolstered by having a secure place to call home and reliable access to food.

Other benefits highlighted in the summary include:

  • Increased feelings of stability associated with consistent access to a private room

  • Improved health and well-being, including sleep, hygiene and mental health

  • Reduced conflict, as

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NEW YORK CITY — The troubled effort by Mayor Bill de Blasio to temporarily house homeless New Yorkers in hotels during the coronavirus pandemic has racked up a hefty price tag: $299 million, according to West Side Rag.

Since April, the city has paid to rent rooms in hotels around the city, converting them into temporary shelters to reduce crowding in the existing shelter system, lowering the risk of coronavirus outbreaks.

The program’s cost first stood at $78 million, but nearly quadrupled as the city expanded it after closing existing shelters, WSR reported, citing documents filed with the city comptroller’s office.

The hotel shelters have been poorly received in some neighborhoods, including Manhattan’s Upper West Side, where a high-profile battle has played out over the placement of nearly 300 men in the Lucerne Hotel on West 79th Street.

De Blasio bowed to political pressure last month by announcing that the

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Bloomington faces challenges with hotels housing homeless people

a man wearing a uniform: Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts, shown in 2017.

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Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts, shown in 2017.

Bloomington officials have been struggling with how to handle several hotels housing homeless people that are racking up police calls and making neighbors feel unsafe, demonstrating that such challenges during the pandemic aren’t limited to central cities.

Three Bloomington hotels — a Holiday Inn, a Holiday Inn Express and a Comfort Inn — have contracts that began in March with either Hennepin County or St. Stephen’s Human Services, a Minneapolis nonprofit.

“These call numbers are taxing, and that’s why we’re elevating this [issue] and trying to make some progress,” said Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts.


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It’s an increasingly common scenario as agencies aim to keep COVID-19 from spreading at shelters while hotels look for creative ways to bring in income.

Problematic behavior, such as people using drugs or knocking on

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San Francisco’s program to house the homeless in hotels is stretching its already strapped budget, with monthly costs topping $18 million, although the federal government is expected to pay for 75% of it.

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San Francisco’s program to house the homeless in hotels is stretching its already strapped budget, with monthly costs topping $18 million, although the federal government is expected to pay for 75% of it.

On Friday, Abigail Stewart-Kahn, interim director of the homeless services department, said some hotels will stop accepting new residents at some point in November. She said all the hotel residents will transition into other places by June, including permanent supportive housing and temporary shelter beds.

The hotel program, which began in April in response to the pandemic, was always meant to be temporary.

The goal is to move everyone into housing, the department said. But the exact path toward a permanent home is unclear for many of the 2,340 hotel residents, and the next steps in San Francisco’s tight housing market for each person are expected to vary. Some will end up at shelters, the department said.

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