Homeless people are moved to a luxury downtown LA hotel amid Little Tokyo cleanup

A large homeless encampment in Little Tokyo is now empty.

As crews clear and fence off Toriumi Plaza, a former homeless encampment, what happens to those displaced from the area?

According to Los Angeles City Council member Kevin de León, who represents District 14, some of the homeless are being temporarily housed at the LA Grand Hotel Downtown on South Figueroa Street. The 4-star hotel, which closed to the public at the end of 2020, is being used to temporarily house homeless people as part of the Roomkey project.

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FOX 11’s Phil Shuman gave de León a tour of one of the rooms.

“Fire and above all, we have to move people with a sense of urgency,” de León said. “Off the streets. And then there, we have temporary housing for them and then we have to find permanent housing.

The Toriumi Plaza clearing displaced approximately 100 people who were staying at the camp. On Friday, the LA Grand Hotel Downtown is being used to house more than a dozen homeless people.

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Tom Beedon, general manager of the hotel, shared his enthusiasm for helping those who are homeless.

“Absolutely,” Beedom told FOX 11. “We’re happy to do this. We’re happy to help out the community, of which we’re such a big part.”

Although it’s not a permanent solution – a room at the LA Grand Hotel cost up to $400 for guests before closing.

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