Los Angeles is looking to hotels and motels to shelter thousands of homeless residents as part of the city’s emergency response to the coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak. In an interview with Yahoo Finance, Mayor Eric Garcetti said getting the 30,000 homeless off the streets is critical to controlling the spread of the virus, saying that failure to do so would result in “vectors exploding” across the city.
“This is an immense undertaking logistically and it’s never been done this quickly in a city, anywhere,” Garcetti said. “If we don’t get folks off the street, they will become the main spreaders or among the main spreaders of COVID-19 and a threat to themselves.”
The city has been scrambling to find beds for its most vulnerable, as those who test positive for COVID-19 continue to rise. While the number of cases in Los Angeles is still far below other major cities like