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Downtown's Rosslyn Hotel Will Become Housing For Homeless

The Rosslyn Hotel (Photo by Corey Miller via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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The historic Rosslyn Hotel in downtown is slated to become housing for the homeless, with special consideration for veterans and those who suffer from mental illness. The Rosslyn Hotel was purchased in 2010 by downtown nonprofit SRO Housing Corporation, which specifically works to fix up old hotels and turn them into housing for the homeless, KPCC reports.

Soon, Rosslyn will offer 264 single rooms to the homeless, with 93 set aside for those with mental illness and 74 for homeless veterans. The hotel will also get addiction and mental health services on-site, as well as security.

Those who have already been living in the hotel and do not wish to leave can stay. The Rosslyn Hotel was historically an annex to what is now the Rosslyn Lofts across the street, which is not being converted, but which does offer affordable downtown housing.

This same idea was proposed for the Cecil Hotel, but rejected due to opposition from people who felt like concentrating services in Skid Row would only make it worse. What exactly can be done with Cecil is another story; it’s not such a hot commodity as a hotel seeing as serial killer Richard Ramirez used to call it home and how in 2013, they found the body of Canadian tourist Elisa Lam in a water tank on the roof.