What are your thoughts on plan to convert Holloway Motel into housing for the homeless?

The City will offer the first of several opportunities to participate in the virtual community information sessions on the Holloway Motel Conversion/Homekey Housing Program. 

Attendees are encouraged to attend either (early afternoon or evening) sessions to learn about the City’s ongoing work to address homelessness and get a preview of a new project that responds to community needs.

Should WeHo convert the Holloway Motel into housing for the homeless?

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When: Jun 22, 2022, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 
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When: Jun 22, 2022, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
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Mark Patrick Reese
13 hours ago

Why are we creating entire apartments for homelesa people? We should provide dorms with cafeterias and floor bath facilities like 1970’s dorms. The socialization is important and the residents come with few possessions. This would be a transition to a room with private bath followed by public housing studio and, for the integrated and improving folks, a one bedroom in a Low Income Housing Tax Credit property as the carrot. We should be able to build dorms for $100,000 per room or less. They are available modular from abroad.

Asking questions
Asking questions
18 hours ago

How will they monitor the effect to the neighborhood and what will they do if it has a negative impact? I see the same homeless woman in front of city hall/Gelsons every time I walk to the market. They can’t seem to get one needy woman into housing. I would like to know why? What are the studies suggesting. Lack of information from the city. Just spending money doesn’t prove you’re doing anything. Help this poor woman. They should know who she is. If they don’t, we have a bigger problem at city hall.

resident
resident
11 hours ago

The deranged woman in front of Gelsons’s is named Bridget. She is schizophrenic. She refuses to take medication for her condition. She should be placed in a mental institution–not the Holloway Motel–and removed from our streets for her sake and ours.

WeHo Mary!
WeHo Mary!
7 hours ago

Everyone is obsessed with this lady in front of Gelson’s. Instead of complaining about her here, call someone and see if you can help her. Try P.A.T.H. (323) 644-2216.

Steve
Steve
20 hours ago

This is a horrible idea. I’ve lived here since 1981 and have watched the slow decline of our amazing city. I’m just tired of the filth left by the homeless, having to walk out into the street to avoid the mentally ill ones, watching them sit on a trash can and relieve themselves. My partner was attacked by a homeless man unprovoked So stop saying it’s a housing issue it’s not! They need mental health care and substance abuse treatment help. If the City thinks they are going to be in their rooms at this motel and not bother anyone… Read more »

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
21 hours ago

note this excerpt from the Hoover Institute at Stanford (hoover.org) report on the homeless June 23, 2022

Among the policies that didn’t escape Shellenberger’s criticism was “Housing First,” which he accuses of being a political grift, whereby contractors charge the government an average of $800,000 per unit to house people experiencing homelessness, and in turn recycle those earnings back into the coffers of politicians’ campaign funds.

Last edited 21 hours ago by Gimmeabreak
enemyofthestate
enemyofthestate
21 hours ago

Converting it to a parking lot is the best option.

nick nasko kolar
nick nasko kolar
1 day ago

Why not house them at the Regent Beverly Wilshire. Come on lets get serious. There is a place for them but not there. You have areas in Downey, Reseda, Norwalk and other paces. Why place them in a nice area.
So you can have it look like dirt in no time. Great way to drive RENTS down and people to leave.

Last edited 1 day ago by nick nasko kolar
greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
19 hours ago

Great way to drive RENTS down”

Uhh you’re acting like this is a bad thing?? Rent needs to go down.

WEHO NOW
WEHO NOW
1 day ago

How about converting half of the Pacific Design Center into a homeless housing center and rename the Seppi Shine house? Because turning Holloway motel into homeless housing is just as stupid. If the city wants real change the vacant lot on Santa Monica and Crescent Heights could be utilized for a larger homeless center? Or tear down the old/useless Laurel Park House and build a 4 + story homeless complex? It’s not as if the city won’t approve the demolition of single-family homes so- a lot can be converted into overpriced condos, or perhaps the city is only concerned with… Read more »

Rob
Rob
1 day ago

There are numerous studies and programs from around the world that show simply giving unhoused people a place to live drastically improves their odds of reducing substance use, getting jobs, and moving on to full time homes. The Holloway Motel is a perfect location for this because it’s relatively removed from densely populated residential areas and has excellent proximity to public health services and public transportation. This feels like a no brainer. Everyone against it clearly has biases towards unhoused people with the way they describe them and for some reason don’t think they deserve our support. Let’s hope they… Read more »

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
1 day ago
Reply to  Rob

You can find “numerous studies” to say just about anything you want them to say.

What are they thinking
What are they thinking
19 hours ago
Reply to  Rob

Relatively removed from densely populated residential areas? It is the most densely populated area of the city. Just look at a map. It effects the most residents not to mention it sits right between the most touristy areas of Santa Monica Blvd and the Sunset strip.
CVS might as well shut its doors. It’s already dealing with more than their share of the problems dealing with the homeless.

WeHo Mary!
WeHo Mary!
7 hours ago
Reply to  Rob

I agree with you 100%. A safe, stable environment is necessary for anyone, regardless of their situation, to succeed.

Sky
Sky
1 day ago

This will just create a permanent begger society in front of all the ATMs, restaurants, and bars.

Might as well put that in into the Visit West Hollywood advertising.

Dawn Lacey
Dawn Lacey
1 day ago

Ahahaaha. “Homeless” – let’s see how long it takes to see it turn into a drug den. These aren’t people who are just down on their luck. They are drug addicted bums and mentally unstable people who deserve an asylum, not a motel.

JF1
JF1
1 day ago
Reply to  Dawn Lacey

Yup. People that are just down on their luck use the resources available to get back on their feet. The vast majority of “homeless” are drug addicts, alcoholics and the mentally ill. Build all the new affordable housing you want…it will do nothing to combat the rise in “homelessness.’ (and throwing any more tax money at the situation certainly won’t help as we’ve see with the tax increase voters approved a few years back and the homeless numbers skyrocketed. All the while the agencies that deal with the “homeless” have getting bigger…and now we all all those people depending on… Read more »

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
17 hours ago
Reply to  JF1

Read my Reply to Randy below with the report from the Hoover Institute

Randy
Randy
4 hours ago
Reply to  JF1

So what is your solution? Do nothing?

resident
resident
1 day ago

Motel Hell will do nothing to decrease the number of dangerous people on the street. It’s a multi-million dollar gamble that will likely hurt more people than it helps.

If there are millions of dollars to blow in the system, let’s put it toward people who can be helped. The money should go to feeding and educating women and children in need.

Jerome Cleary
Jerome Cleary
1 day ago

One of the first things the city should do is hose down and steam clean the CVS parking structure next door because so many homeless people have urinated in that parking garage that the stench of urine is really bad next door to that motel.

08mellie
08mellie
1 day ago
Reply to  Jerome Cleary

It is truly disgusting at that store.

JF1
JF1
1 day ago
Reply to  08mellie

Yes it is. Stopped going there for that very reason. I’d rather get in the car and drive to the one in Beverly Hills.

WeHoRay
WeHoRay
5 hours ago
Reply to  Jerome Cleary

Agreed!!! I’ve stopped going to that CVS for that reason! Plus, that garage is dimly lit with crazy people ALWAYS hiding out in there making it very unsafe. I’d like to see that whole garage and building tore down and a facility much more useful and safe. Also, Holloway Motel is not the answer to this problem. Far more people in our city that need this assistance than the 10 or so rooms the Motel can accommodate. I like that idea of dorm housing with shared facilities. That’s a far better stepping stone. Who’d want to ever leave a free… Read more »

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