The homeless are secured shelter following the San Francisco city leaders’ approval to buy a local motel to be made as supportive housing.
Two other locations in the city are also waiting for approval for the same purpose.
Over 300 homeless people across the city will be accommodated by the three sites. The fourth site for the housing located in Japantown, however, was not pushed because of issues among people surrounding it.
“We just made a historic vote for our community. It’s one of the first purchases in the city of a hotel that we’re going to transform into affordable housing for those that are transitioning out of homelessness or could be homeless. They will be paying rent just like all the renters in this city,” according to Supervisor Ahsha Safai, referring to the Mission Inn located in the Outer Mission.
“Because we have money now with Prop C, the tax that was put on properties gross receipts in the city over $50 million we have an oversight committee that recommended hotel purchases and in our city it costs about eight to $900,000 per unit for new construction. We will be purchasing this building with all the rehabilitations and it will be $450,000 per unit. 52 units in a part of town that’s family-oriented,” the supervisor added.
According to him, the two sites are set to gain the approval of the board in weeks to come, and in total, will put a roof above the head of 300 homeless persons.
A student apartment building located in SoMa and a single-room-occupancy hotel in the Mission are the two other properties to house the homeless, KRON4 reported.
At least one of the eyed properties will get state funding. The city further wants to cover three properties and if approved, the fund will shoulder about 50 percent of every purchase.