City Officials Alarmed Over Plans to House Homeless in Rosemead Motel

Johnny Lopez
May 09, 2020 - 3:23 pm

Los Angeles County plans to temporary house 127 homeless individuals at a motel in Rosemead has city officials expressing concern.

Earlier this week, Rosemead officials were alerted that a Motel 6 located at 1001 San Gabriel Blvd., just north of the Pomona (60) Freeway, was to be used to house the homeless in an attempt to curtail the spread of coronavirus as part of Project Roomkey.

Project Roomkey is a collaborative effort by the State, County and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority to provide temporary housing to vulnerable people experiencing homelessness amid the pandemic.

While officials said they understand the program’s importance, they were alarmed to find out the individuals would not be screened for prior criminal activity.

"The county has confirmed that the residents that will be placed at the Motel 6 location in Rosemead will not be screened for a criminal background," city officials said in a statement, according to NBC Los Angeles. "This fact is very alarming and concerning to both the city and the sheriff's department."

In response, Homeless Initiative Director Phil Ansell tried to temper their concerns by indicating "staff, including security, are on site 24/7, to ensure there is no negative impact on the community."

He also noted there have been no security issues at other Project Roomkey locations.

"We have not had any feedback that there has been an increased need for law enforcement,” Ansell said.