LA weighs forcing hotels to house the homeless in empty rooms

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The Los Angeles City Council will discuss an initiative on Friday that would mandate every hotel in LA to give their empty rooms to the homeless.

According to local Fox 11 News, the measure states that”Each hotel shall communicate to the Department or its designee, in a form that the Department prescribes, by 2 pm each day the number of available rooms at the hotel for that night.”

The new law would require each hotel to report their vacancies by the afternoon so the homeless could be allocated according to the department’s discretion. The Council must decide whether to send the mandate to voters for the final approval or the Council could decide to implement right away on their own.

Independent Hollywood hotel owner Mina Dahya told KTLA news, “I am compassionate of the homeless people. I want to take care of them. But I don’t think my staff and I are ready to do the combination where I have a paid guest staying with a homeless voucher guest next door.”

The hotel manager Juan Martinez agreed with Dahya. “This is a bad idea. People are not going to feel safe. My staff is not going to feel safe, so I think this is wrong.”

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