When homeless shelters are full, families call motels 'home'

This year’s homeless count found three quarters of the 53,000 homeless people remain unsheltered. City and county leaders are building permanent housing -- a long term solution -- while looking for emergency measures like building temporary tent shelters. They also recently passed a law to make it easier to convert motels into homeless shelters.


Palm Tree Inn; Sophia Diaz and Jose Ramirez pose with their son and a friend’s son at the motel. Photo by Matt Rogers.