VENICE, CA - JANUARY 13, 2023 - - Los Angeles City Council Member Traci Park, left, and Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass enjoy a light moment at a thank you reception for overseeing efforts to move 96 homeless into <a href=temporary housing at the Rose Cafe in Venice on January 13, 2023. Bass’ Inside Safe initiative has moved scores of homeless people indoors over the past few weeks. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/6wSVxyNo9AeOlAjLJBv6pA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTYyNg–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/f5924d1dfbad3f6f10fc0082c6f17c7d”/

Los Angeles City Councilmember Traci Park, left, and Mayor Karen Bass attend a reception Friday celebrating efforts to move dozens of homeless people in Venice into temporary housing. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

A 13-story hotel that has served as a cornerstone of Los Angeles’ fight against homelessness, a facility that had been set to cease operations in less than three weeks, will be kept open for an additional year, city officials said Friday.

The L.A. Grand Hotel, which served as temporary housing for a portion of the city’s homeless population since the outbreak of COVID-19, will continue operating until at least Jan. 31, 2024, said Mercedes Marquez, the mayor’s chief of housing and homelessness solutions.

The hotel, which had provided the city with about 480 rooms, is expected to give Bass a critical tool as she ramps up the activities of Inside Safe, her initiative to dismantle homeless encampments and bring unhoused people indoors.

In 2021, more than 100 people were moved there from a massive encampment at Echo Park Lake, according to figures provided at the time by the mayor’s office. Homeless people also have been relocated to the hotel from encampments in downtown, Little Tokyo, Koreatown and other parts of the city.

“The Grand is there. It works. And we want to have it available now,” Marquez said.

Bass and her team made the announcement during a reception celebrating the effort by the mayor, Councilmember Traci Park and St. Joseph Center to move scores of people from a sprawling encampment in Venice into shelter over the last two weeks.

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