According to San Francisco mayor London Breed, homeless people have begun moving to the city from around the US to take advantage of its hotel schemes.
On April 15 the city passed emergency legislation that said its local government were obliged to rent 7,000 hotel rooms with the purpose of keeping homeless people off the streets.
The number was later revised to 8,000 rooms, though the city was reported to have missed this target on April 28.
It was in a bid to halt the spread of COVID-19, but it seems to have backfired as a number of homeless people have traveled across the country to take advantage of the scheme.
The city had until April 26 to supply the hotel rooms, which, if hired for 90 days, could come to a cost of well over $100million.
Now, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times, Mayor Breed has stated that the rooms are exclusively for the use of San Francisco homeless.
“Only people who are currently in our homeless system of care qualify,” she commented.