The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Los Angeles:
A Homelessness Program … for Hotel Owners!

May 29, 2023

The Los Angeles City Council approved 250 million dollars more in funding for “Inside Safe”—Mayor Karen Bass’s program to buy and lease hotel and motel rooms as temporary housing for homeless people.

So far, in four and a half months, officials say, “Inside Safe” has moved 1,200 people out of homeless encampments in various parts of L.A. That’s really not more than a drop in the bucket, considering that last year, L.A. public schools reported that 1 out of 11 of their students, amounting to more than 50,000 children and teens, were homeless—without counting their adult family members!

For that drop in the bucket, the city has already paid 44 million dollars to hotel and property owners. It’s not a surprise, considering the prices hotels are charging. One example: 4,684 dollars per month per room at the L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown!

One thing that’s safe under this “Inside Safe” program is hotel profits.