L.A. races to give out housing vouchers before the homeless are kicked out of hotels

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Wendy Brown, 58, who spent three years sleeping on Venice sidewalks, enters a room arranged through Project Roomkey at the Cadillac Hotel in June 2020. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Wendy Brown, 58, who spent three years sleeping on Venice sidewalks, enters a room arranged through Project Roomkey at the Cadillac Hotel in June 2020. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Earlier this month, Los Angeles city officials tried something new in their pursuit of pairing homeless people with rental subsidies.

They brought a group of homeless people the paperwork and the resources necessary to get these complicated applications completed.

The lobby and pool area of the Mayfair hotel — whose rooms have been rented to unhoused people through California’s Project Roomkey program — became a pop-up center for people to apply for nearly 7,000 Emergency Housing Vouchers that have been made available to people in Los Angeles County through the federal stimulus package, which was passed earlier this year.

City and county officials are in a bit of a race against time. Throughout the pandemic, Los Angeles has rented thousands of hotel rooms for homeless people to protect them from the virus. These rooms have been a landing spot as the city conducts outreach in an effort to help people and clear large encampments, such as those in Echo Park Lake and Venice Beach.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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