Dallas taxpayers will be footing the bill to turn a hotel into a homeless shelter. First reported by the Dallas Express‘ Noah DeGarmo, the project is expected to be launched this spring and will be the fifth such effort by the city.

“The City purchased the hotel in February [2022] for $5 million using funds from a $1.05 billion bond package approved by voters in 2017,” wrote DeGarmo. Of that bond package, “$20 million is allocated to pay for homeless housing.”

Dallas isn’t the only city to use tax funds to purchase hotels for use as homeless shelters. The City of Austin has spent millions of dollars purchasing hotels for such use, drawing criticism from taxpayers.

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