Convention Center

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The Los Angeles City Council is looking into using the Los Angeles Convention Center as a temporary emergency homeless shelter. 

In a unanimous vote at its Tuesday, January 19, meeting the council instructed the city administrative officer and chief legislative analyst, with assistance from several departments including the Convention and Tourism Department and Bureau of Engineering, to conduct the assessment and report back within 30 days, according to Los Angeles Daily News. 

The motion was introduced by councilman Curren Price and Kevin De León on Nov. 10, 2020.

The convention center, located at 1201 S. Figueroa St. in downtown Los Angeles, is owned by the city and managed by the Convention and Tourism Department.

In April, members of the National Guard set up dozens of beds preparing the center for use as a federal field hospital in response to the coronavirus pandemicThe beds were never used. 

The report will include an estimate of the number of beds that will fit into the building, as well as potential services, funding requirements and revenue impacts the project would have.