In today’s press conference with The County of Orange, Ayres Hotel of Laguna Woods was announced to have backed out of the county contract to shelter the homeless population for Covid-19 isolation.
County Executive Officer Frank Kim said, “On Sunday the county was contacted by Ayres Hotel and asked to be released. They did not indicate in the communication the reason why.”
“The Ayres Hotel only hotel to step up and do their part in all of South Orange County. The county cannot simply take a hotel, the property needs to be offered to us,” District Supervisor Lisa Bartlett said.
The county is exploring every option available including sprung structures, regional park facilities and Joplin Youth Center in Trabuco Canyon.
“I think we have moved at a strong pace to bring up the first motel sites. Were looking at the Southern part of the county. There is 10 facilities within regional park structures as well as hotel sites in The City of Orange. The City of Stanton signed an agreement recently and we’re looking at other locations as well,” Jason said.
Jason declined to disclose the motel site locations stating they want to get the sites off the ground. The county is currently looking at three other sites and has one operating as of Saturday.