Greg Florey, a desk clerk at the Plaza Hotel who is also a resident, stands in a vacant room. The rent for the single room is $748 a month. / Photo by Megan Wood

A San Diego’s homelessness crisis has boomed, so have advocates’ complaints that the shuttering of single-room occupancy hotels has fueled the problem.

News that the downtown Plaza Hotel, which has 185 rooms with meager rents, is poised to shut down has inspired another wave of conversations about what the city could – or should – do to preserve aging SROs long considered the bottom rung of San Diego’s housing ladder.

Lisa Halverstadt dug into the city’s decades-long struggles to protect, preserve and monitor its SRO stock and found the conversation tends to ramp up only when a high-profile closure is taking place.

As they have in the past, city officials are now mulling regulatory reforms and other options to protect SROs and tenants that could come with significant price tags.

The latest one, which was approved by the Housing Commission earlier this month: up to $500,000 in relocation assistance for Plaza Hotel residents likely to struggle to find new homes they can afford.

  • The Union-Tribune reports that the San Diego Rescue Mission is set to host a downtown procession Saturday to memorialize 111 homeless San Diegans who died on the streets last year.

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The Morning Report was written by Lisa Halverstadt, and edited by Sara Libby.

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