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    • Pegeen
      Reading streakScoutScribe
      1 year ago

      Wow, this raises more questions for me than answers. If I were a hotel owner, I certainly would not want to be forced into renting rooms to anyone, let alone people who are known to have some serious problems. And it does take a village to manage the entire operation. This is a bandaid, not a solution. Is there a city, state or country that has come up with a more sustainable, innovative and humane answer to this global crisis? I could see an abandoned mall being converted into a homeless facility with rooms, medical staff, drug store, food store etc...where the support is right within the same structure as where they are living. Include social workers and educational opportunities to get them back on their feet and self empowered. Since it takes a village, create one!

    • Abarlet1 year ago

      Thought provoking. It sounds like a good solution for the homeless and for the health of the overall city. And it should bring some minimal revenue to those hotels— I assume via taxes. So it could be a win win Why not provide cleaning supplies to each room and require the occupants maintain cleanliness rather than rely on a cleaning staff. I think there are ways to make this work and let it be an example for other cities.

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScout
        1 year ago

        require the occupants maintain cleanliness

        Yup. I think you're having some of the same thoughts I've been having for the last hour. I keep going back and forth between (1) This shouldn't be complicated and we have to stop pretending like homeless people don't know how to take care of themselves (2) Many people have addictions, mental health problems, etc., and will need support for this to work.

        Some kind of two track system might work. Unless there's a really obvious reason to believe that folks can't take care of themselves and their space, it would be awesome if they were treated with dignity and just handed the keys with a smile and a "stay safe!"

        • Abarlet1 year ago

          In cases of mental health problems and addictions, you may never get those people into any kind of housing. Perhaps they are a population more in need of medical intervention and assistance over a hotel room, and that is sadly an ongoing problem.