Thousands of hotel rooms across California will be made into temporary housing for vulnerable homeless people living on the streets during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Governor Gavin Newson has announced that with help from Federal Emergency Management Agency, the state has identified 15,000 hotel or motel rooms that can be used to house the homeless, providing them with vital facilities such as bathrooms and clean water.
According to report, in Portland, Oregon, some will be housed in the Jupiter Hotel, while in Seattle’s King County, authorities bought a motel and leased another to take infected people, with plans to move hundreds of homeless people from shelters into hotel rooms this week.
The Trump administration announced $3 billion Thursday for homelessness pandemic efforts. Newsom pledged $150 million in homeless aid, including money for hotel rooms.
The coronavirus has infected more than 11,000 Californians and caused at least 240 deaths, according a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
In San Diego, around 300 high-risk homeless people have moved into some of the 2,000 hotel rooms.