Replacing Hotel Housing

Officials in Sacramento, CA, are scrambling to protect the residential hotel units that remain in the city’s downtown for people with very low incomes. In 1960 there were 3,558 of these units; after years of urban renewal and downtown revitalization, only 712 are left. Now the city plans to replace any further loss of hotel housing with an equal number of low-cost units located near services and transportation. Hotel owners will be responsible for helping tenants relocate. Still unanswered is how supportive services for these residents, most of whom have disabilities, will be paid for. (Sacramento Bee, 10/9)

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