Former hotel tenants slept on sidewalk, though help offered

Displaced Roberta Hotel tenants Janea Martinez (left) and Candace Rutledge-McCollough (right) stand outside the shuttered dwelling on Friday with some of their belongings. PHOTO GARY REDFERN

EL CENTRO – The sidewalk near the Roberta Hotel appeared at risk of becoming the city’s latest homeless encampment Friday as some former tenants of the shuttered dwelling said they were sleeping there because they had nowhere else to go.

“I’m waiting for them to get me housing. I slept on the sidewalk last night,” an angry Janea Martinez said.

Staff Writer Gary Redfern can be reached at or (760) 337-3415.

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