|Oregon Lawmakers Approve Bill To Turn Hotels And Motels Into Housing, Shelters|
|Turning Hotels And Motels Into Housing, Shelters||Converting motels or hotels into emergency shelters or long-term affordable housing|
Story by Lauren Dake - Story Source
|Published on Saturday April 3, 2021 - 2:30 AM|
Oregon state lawmakers approved a measure on Wednesday that embodies the times we are living in: The bill would ease the ability to convert hotels and motels — pummeled by the coronavirus pandemic — into long-term affordable housing for people who lost their homes in the wildfires or who are otherwise unhoused.
Rep. Pam Marsh, D-Ashland, who sponsored House Bill 3261, and represents a region where 2,500 homes were wiped out in Oregon's 2020 wildfire season, said the ability to quickly turn some hotels into emergency shelters has been "a godsend."