Ordinance Would Keep SRO Residents Housed

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, October 9, 2006

Homeless advocates say downtown redevelopment will lead to a trend of single room hotel occupancy closures and that’s bad news for SRO residents. 

"We anticipate that several of them may close within the next few years and those folks will have nowhere to go."

Joan Burke with Loaves and Fishes says she’s happy with the city’s proposed solution. 

"It really is a good ordinance."

Under the plan, for each hotel that closes, the city would have to develop an equal number of low-cost housing units, located close to services and transportation. 

"The silver lining to these places closing is there awful places, most of them, so we shouldn’t mourn their loss as long as there’s a better place for them to go to." 

This past summer, three SRO residents died from lack of air-conditioning. The city council is expected to approve the proposed ordinance this afternoon.