As pandemic worsens strain on homeless shelters, Montreal to provide temporary housing in hotels



a man preparing food in a kitchen: Volunteers at the Welcome Hall Mission prepare a Thanksgiving meal for patrons.


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Volunteers at the Welcome Hall Mission prepare a Thanksgiving meal for patrons.

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante says she’s working with federal and provincial governments to temporarily house people who are homeless in mostly vacant hotels once again, as shelters continue to see an increase in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“I think we must seize the opportunity to quickly give a roof to many people who

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer pushes for project to turn hotels in homeless housing

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – The City Council is expected to decide on a proposal that would turn two purchased hotels into housing for San Diego’s homeless, and on Monday, Mayor Kevin Faulconer made a push in favor of the plan.

Part of California’s Project Homekey includes an initiative to provide more homeless Californians with permanent housing amid the COVID-19 crisis. The project’s budget is $600 million, with $37 million for

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City council to vote Tuesday on buying hotels for homeless housing

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

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City leaders, San Diego Housing Commission push to transform hotels into housing for homeless

The city said the transformation would allow for 332 units to become housing for people experiencing homelessness.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — City leaders and the San Diego Housing Commission are looking for approval to purchase both the Residence Inn on Kearny Mesa Road and the one on Hotel Circle in Mission Valley to increase housing for people experiencing homelessness in San Diego county, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On

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San Diego’s homeless to transition out of convention center, into hotels by December with council approval

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

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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,

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San Diego City one step closer to paying $106.5M for hotels to house the homeless

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – The City of San Diego is one step closer to approving the $106.5M purchase of two hotels to permanently house homeless people living in the convention center.

When the pandemic hit in March, the Bridge Shelters and Golden Hall were cleared out and about a thousand people were brought into the convention center, according to the mayor’s office.

The emergency setup allowed for proper social distancing,

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City Council committee advances proposal to buy hotels for homeless people

A city proposal to buy two hotels to house up to 400 homeless people cleared a hurdle Wednesday with unanimous approval from the San Diego Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee.

Not everybody is on board with the idea, however. Public comments during the meeting, held remotely with people calling in, found a few Mission Valley residents had concerns about the city’s plan to convert a Marriot Residence Inn near

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Study Finds Housing Homeless In King County Hotels Is Effective

SEATTLE, WA — A 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

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San Diego Housing Commission’s plan to buy hotels for homeless population concerns some neighbors

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Housing Commission is getting closer to finalizing the purchase of two hotels in an effort to house the San Diego area’s homeless. However, some residents are raising concerns about the project, saying they were never given the opportunity to ask questions or voice their concerns.

“It’s exactly right next door,” said Sam Catalano.

Catalano feels blindsided after having just found out San Diego officials

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NYC Will Continue To House Some Homeless Adults In Hotels

The de Blasio administration is preparing to house homeless New Yorkers in hotels for at least another six months, despite the uproar the practice has caused in some neighborhoods.

City officials have reached an agreement with the Hotel Association of New York City to extend an existing contract to use hotels to house homeless individuals, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

The original contract was signed at the

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De Blasio’s COVID contract to house homeless in hotels hits $299 million

The price tag for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s program to move homeless New Yorkers from barracks-like shelters to hotels to stop COVID-19 outbreaks now stands at $299 million, documents filed with the city comptroller show.

The initial program cost $78 million but only covered a fraction of the rooms and hotels that the city ended up needing as it closed down its usual congregate facilities, accounting for the dramatic increase

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Homeless Hotels Cost NYC Nearly $300 Million: Report

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 the New York Post.

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

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Midtown, Hell’s Kitchen hotels housing the most single homeless adults by far

The vast majority of single homeless adults moved from shelters to stop the spread of COVID-19 were relocated to hotels in Manhattan, the city’s Department of Homeless Services data shows.



a close up of a busy city street with tall buildings: The Lucerne Hotel on West 79th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan, New York City.


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The Lucerne Hotel on West 79th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan, New York City.

Of the 8,969 single adults assigned to “COVID-relatedhotels, more than 5,400 are living in 32 Manhattan hotels — with at

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Why these L.A. hotels wouldn’t house homeless people

When Los Angeles city and county officials reached out to local hotels, hoping to lease rooms through a new program meant to help homeless people survive the COVID-19 pandemic, they ran into a host of concerns.

One downtown hotel was worried about how participating in the program, Project Roomkey, would affect its brand, according to a report issued this week by a city analyst.

Several hotels said they were already

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Why didn’t these L.A. hotels house homeless people? A new report offers some answers

Two hotels at L.A. Live, the downtown entertainment complex, did not take part in Project Roomkey. A report looked at why some hotels did not participate. <span class="copyright">(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Two hotels at L.A. Live, the downtown entertainment complex, did not take part in Project Roomkey. A report looked at why some hotels did not participate. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

When Los Angeles city and county officials reached out to local hotels, hoping to lease rooms through a new program meant to help homeless people survive the COVID-19 pandemic, they ran into a host of concerns.

One downtown

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S.F. to begin moving homeless out of hotels soon

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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NIMBY or Not? Midtown Business Leaders Blast Homeless Hotels, But Fund Homeless Outreach

Business leaders in Midtown Manhattan are demanding an end to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pandemic policy of turning hotels into temporary homeless shelters. They also want to fend off criticism that theirs is a NIMBY – not in my back yard – crusade.



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“The quality of life on the streets has degraded at a deplorable rate,” said Barbara Blair, President of the Garment District

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Are buying hotels in San Diego for homeless people a good use of funds?

The San Diego Housing Commission voted recently to buy two hotels to house homeless people now living in the temporary shelter in the Convention Center.

The plan to purchase Marriott Residence Inns in Mission Valley and Kearny Mesa for about $106.5 million comes from a variety of federal and state programs. Part will be from the state’s Project Homekey fund, money set aside for specifically housing homeless people at high

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S.F.’s hotels for the homeless program is crushing its budget. Now there’s an end in sight

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