A Vancouver Howard Johnson hotel is being turned into a homeless shelter. The bulk of the construction work began last month, to turn the shuttered hotel into a homeless shelter near the Vancouver mall.
“This is going to be great for the community,” said Vancouver Housing Authority Development director Victor Caesar. “Some of the neighbors in the mall had some concerns initially but I think we have really worked with them and set up some good neighbor standards to get to a place where everyone can be happy.”
Caesar explained that the transformation project has been developed since March, to turn the 62 hotel rooms into shelters for people without a home.
“A drop in the bucket but every bed helps in the community, and I think folks are driving all around the community and they can see we have a homeless crisis right now.”
Read KGW8's article "Vancouver Howard Johnson hotel being turned into homeless shelter," featuring the Vancouver Housing Authority.