As hundreds of hotel rooms continue to be vacant due to the pandemic, the Mayor of San Diego sees a chance to help the homeless.
“There’s never been this much of an opportunity and there’s never been this much of a need,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.
Mayor Faulconer wants the city to buy rooms from hotels to be converted into homes, aiming to temporarily shelter thousands of vulnerable homeless San Diegans.
“By converting hotels into housing, our region will continue to lead the state on solutions that reduce homelessness,” he added.
The plan could help people like Ali Armuhamad, who is applying for jobs to get back on his feet.
“I hope to be an employee of Starbucks,” Armuhamad said Thursday.
But some say the government should not be telling the hotel industry what to do with its properties.
“To threaten hotels is wrong,” said John Woodward, who is against the initiative. “It is just the wrong way to do it. It’s a reactive approach.”