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Could Renovating Abandoned Hotels and Motels Solve California's Housing Crisis?

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Solving the housing crisis is a nuanced issue that plagues the minds of many all around the world. In this country, specifically, the problem has caused rifts among political parties. Regardless of which party you identify with, you’re likely just as lost as anyone else when it comes to finding a solution. And if you have any heart at all whatsoever, watching homeless encampments be torn down in a misguided effort to “clean up” communities is nothing short of horrific. Where are these people supposed to live when even those with relatively solid salaries struggle to find affordable housing themselves? As long as we see the cost of housing rise, this issue will only worsen for everyone.

Currently, in the great state of California, we face two major housing issues: a severe lack of affordable housing — especially for renters — and abandoned hospitality and office buildings due to the Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions. Adaptive reuse is not a new concept by any means. Still, the idea is gaining traction as more state officials introduce the possibility of converting these large abandoned spaces into affordable housing.

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Using California’s Project Homekey as our example, we can take a deeper look into how converting abandoned hotels and other viable spaces can be an answer to the affordable housing crisis. During the pandemic, cities with large homeless populations decided to move people off the streets and out of crowded shelters into empty hotels. This initiative sparked an idea in Governor Gavin........

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