Some of the city’s poorest residents live in the hotels. Jim Hare with the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency says the plan will ultimately help in efforts to revitalize the downtown area.
"We’ve seen other cities – Portland, San Francisco – where housing for very low income people fits in well with downtown redevelopment, in some cases even stimulates downtown redevelopment if it’s done well, designed well and managed well."
Under the plan, 100 existing residential hotel units in the central city will be refurbished. The plan also calls for building self-contained units with bathrooms and kitchenettes known as efficiency apartments.