Monday, February 8, 2016
San Diego’s Disappearing SROs
The 44-room Star Hotel will soon be razed and replaced with a new high-rise housing project.
Star is just one of San Diego’s single-room-occupancy, or SRO, hotels that provide small, cheap units, which often house people who’d otherwise be left out on the streets, unable to afford anything else.
The Union-Tribune’s David Garrick reports that it’s just the latest SRO to close. Pointing to a city survey, Garrick reports that the number of SROs has shrunk from 14,000 to less than 3,900 since the late 1980s.
The loss of SRO hotels is one of the reasons San Diego’s seen a dramatic spike in the number of homeless people sleeping in out streets, a startling phenomenon VOSD’s List Halverstadt recently reported on.