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(BBC)   The challenges of moving the homeless into hotels during a pandemic, from drug and alcohol problems to separating paying hotel guests from the homeless   (bbc.co.uk) divider line
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2020-08-13 1:27:20 PM  
We should convert all of Trump's golf courses into cheap/free housing for anyone that has lost a job due to the pandemic.
 
2020-08-13 6:40:29 PM  
Don't worry, raising taxes on what you are led to believe will be other people will solve all these problems.
 
2020-08-13 7:53:07 PM  
I've got a new 64 unit affordable housing building opening next month. My city wanted to rent 30 units for the homeless but wouldn't sign a head lease (making the city financially responsible for all damages and tenant issues) so I took a pass. Fifteen years managing social and affordable housing has taught me this is a group that needs a lot of support. Unless your plan for helping the homeless includes mental health support, addiction treatment, and life skill education you're just wasting everybody's time and fu*k tons of money.
 
2020-08-13 8:26:13 PM  
On the subject of separating the homeless and paid guests.

There is an easy way to handle this and that is to buy out the hotel, book all normal rooms and non luxury suites.   Larger rooms go to families, smaller ones to singles and etc.    Any rooms left over can be set up as temp offices for services these people desperately need to help many of them to eventually get permanently off the street.

If you want to solve the homeless crisis do it right the first time as it will end up costing less than having to redo it again later.   yes we will never get everyone off the streets as there are some who just choose not to leave but the number can be lowered immensely.
 
2020-08-14 2:31:55 AM  

Tyrosine: I've got a new 64 unit affordable housing building opening next month. My city wanted to rent 30 units for the homeless but wouldn't sign a head lease (making the city financially responsible for all damages and tenant issues) so I took a pass. Fifteen years managing social and affordable housing has taught me this is a group that needs a lot of support. Unless your plan for helping the homeless includes mental health support, addiction treatment, and life skill education you're just wasting everybody's time and fu*k tons of money.


Sensible. It sounds heartless but that place would have been trashed.


I've worked in hotels, and I can only imagine the cleaning and repairs that will have be done before the places can be reopened.
I'm glad the homeless had this funding and it sounds like it really helped some people. But a few months just isn't enough to fix the problems of most long term homeless.
 
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