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Hotel and motel acquisition and conversion can offer a relatively fast and cost-effective mechanism for increasing the supply of affordable and supportive housing. Commercial to residential conversion has long been a strategy for rehabilitating distressed buildings, but the urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic and unprecedented federal and state resources have enabled hotel/motel conversions on a broader scale. Increasing resources and technical expertise for conversions could help to expand the supply of affordable housing more rapidly, especially to meet the urgent shelter needs of people experiencing homelessness. It is not clear, however, whether this promise will be realized, given that affordable housing developers and service providers continue to grapple with lack of sufficient funding, fragmented housing and health systems, and community opposition to new projects.

This report presents the results of an in-depth analysis of 13 hotel/motel acquisition projects across the country, with a specific focus on conversions designed to address homelessness. Interviews with stakeholders highlight the diversity of strategies being used in these efforts, as well as lessons learned for how to best align property acquisition with population needs.

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