Anaheim Tackles Homelessness Through Motel Conversion Program

Aging motels, commercial, and office buildings in Anaheim are getting a second lease on life. The buildings are being converted into affordable housing units under the city’s motel and commercial and office building conversion ordinance, which was passed by Anaheim council in 2019. The first project to take advantage of the ordinance is the Econo Lodge Apartments at 2691 W. La Palma Ave. The former 70-room motel is being converted to a complex with 69 studio apartments and a one-bedroom apartment for an onsite manager. The property will also have an outdoor courtyard with a barbeque area, community garden, common room, kitchen and meeting space where some of the onsite supportive services will take place. “The opening of the Econo Lodge Apartments marks another significant step forward in our ongoing efforts to address homelessness,” Anaheim spokesperson Lauren Gold told the Epoch Times. “Anaheim has long been a leader in creating …

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