Empty Parisian Hotels To House The Homeless

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

With no tourists left in Paris due to the coronavirus health crisis, hotel rooms are sitting vacant. So the city is turning some of those hotels into homeless shelters to bring people off the streets and into a safe space.

An estimated 140,000 to 250,000 people live on the streets in Paris. Orders to self-quarantine and stay at home are meaningless for those with no home of their own.

So far, the city has rented out 50 rooms at the CIS Paris Kellerman hotel in the 13th arrondissement and plans to expand that number to 170 by the end of the week. Talks are also underway with Accor to open up 500 rooms.

Given the importance of isolation and minimizing contact with others, the government's idea to rent out single rooms -- rather than large spaces like gyms traditionally used during disaster relief efforts -- makes a lot of sense.

Stories of communities coming together and global acts of kindness are abounding amid the coronavirus pandemic.

This week, chef José Andrés also converted his Washington DC restaurants into "community kitchens" and soup kitchens, while booze makers like Pernod Ricard and BrewDog have turned their breweries and distilleries into factories for producing hand sanitizer.


Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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