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Orange County: Here Are The Latest Project Roomkey Numbers

By Tim Houchen
May 11, 2020 —

On March 15, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom first announced the state’s intention to provide motel/hotel rooms and trailers for persons experiencing homelessness for the most vulnerable and at-risk for contracting the coronavirus. The Governor nick-named this action as, “Project Roomkey.”

Project Roomkey is a State initiative designed to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by providing non-congregate shelter in hotels and motels for sick and medically vulnerable persons experiencing homelessness. Based on the latest public health guidance from the State and Federal government, it is recommended that persons known to be COVID-19 positive or known to have been exposed to COVID-19 and those with high-risk factors such as age over 65, chronical health conditions, and respiratory issues, be provided the resources to practice Safer at Home guidelines.

The latest information regarding Project Roomkey has been provided to Homeless Perspective by a reliable source with the County of Orange for the purpose of sharing the information publicly.

In Orange County a total of five hotels that are currently under contract with the county and being utilized for Project Roomkey. The hotels are located in the City of Orange, Laguna Hills, Stanton, Anaheim and Huntington Beach.

·         For COVID-19 positive or known to have been exposed to COVID-19, there are two hotel sites with a total capacity of 203 rooms.

·         For those with high-risk factors for severe COVID-19 illness, there are three hotel sites with a total capacity of 463 rooms.

As of May 7, 2020, there were 13 individuals who were in Temporary isolation Shelters as they were COVID-19 positive or known to have been exposed to COVID-19. There were 159 individuals in motel rooms due to having high-risk factors for severe COVID-19 illness.  No deaths have occurred at any of the sites.

The Joplin Youth Center is currently operating as an alternative shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness in the South Service Planning Area. It has the capacity to serve 100 individuals, including couples. Individuals enrolled in the program will be practicing social distancing and adhering to Safer at Home guidelines. As of May 7, 2020, the occupancy was 24.

Individuals experiencing homelessness who are symptomatic for COVID-19 and going into the Project Roomkey program are being tested for COVID-19. This is being coordinated by Illumination Foundation who is managing the Project Roomkey on behalf of the County.

HCA’s Public Health continues to provide technical assistance to emergency shelter providers and provide trainings on sanitation of facilities, ongoing screenings of participants and staff, enhancing social distancing, and isolation practices for probable virus positive persons.

The Office of Care Coordination has established a Project Roomkey Helpline this week (714-834-3000), staffed by County employees, that is available M-F, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (weekend callers can leave messages that will be returned the following Monday) to provide the following:

·         information to the public regarding motel rooms available to those experiencing homelessness in Orange County through Project Roomkey

·         screening for eligibility and referral to Illumination Foundation as appropriate

·         information and referrals to other community resources and access points

The Office of Care Coordination is open to suggestions on how to help increase information in the community. The Office of Care Coordination has established a distribution list to share updates and resources related to COVID-19 response. In an effort to make the information widely available, there is also a website where the information is posted – https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/homelessness-care-providers

Orange County Project Roomkey Helpline

(714) 834-3000

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7 Comments on "Orange County: Here Are The Latest Project Roomkey Numbers"

  1. Hi there!

    My name is John Fredricks, and I am a jounalist with The Epoch Times.

    We would like to do a story on the amazing work you guys are doing with Project Roomkey, and would love to connect today. Who would be the best person/people to touch base with?

    Thank you! Looking forward to continuing the conversation with you!

    Blessings,
    John Fredricks
    The Epoch Times;Southern California
    949-500-3617

  2. I would like to know when project is over and clients are sent back or out to shelters and other safer at home practice residency. I am currently a resident and nobody here is communicating with us. We are all in a frenzy and don’t know what to do I would appreciate if somebody could get back to me I don’t leaves for my sanity let me know when the completion date is.

  3. Illumination Foundation is a Fraud, the County of Orange will not be giving them more funds nor will FEMA.
    The hotels are inhabited by mentally unsound persons who have no clue as to civilized behavior. The place is akin to a zoo. There are no amusement or diversion activities so residents get high on illegal drugs that they smuggled in. Or they gather outdoors to gamble. Medical staff frequently dispensed medication to the wrong patient, or incorrect dosages. There is no social distancing whatsoever. Meals are unpredictable. People feed the meals to their pets and towels and sheets are stained with feces.
    These hobos who live there keep garbage piled up in their room for.MONTHS on end. Staff never inspects the rooms and security doesn’t search people returning from.outside which is how they manage to smuggle method, crack and alcohol inside. Despite the prohibition on visiting each others rooms, it is widely done and management doesn’t care. They don’t concern themselves with health & safety issues at all

    • You and your opinion are yours thankfully there Not truth and not facts but are negative as is your energy. Remember my name ok it’s Demise. One of the founders of camp hope. Bye nego

  4. Karin Valverde | September 9, 2020 at 8:49 pm | Reply

    I’ve been referred twice by the people who are taking calls from
    714-834-3000.But no help yet.No one has called me back.I lost my job due to the pandemic months ago.As I also lived there so i became homeless sleeping in my car for months.Its a nightmare out here in this crazy weather with more than one illness and no help..I suffer from painful FIBROMYALGIA With WEAK IMMUNE SYSTEM and I also have a respiratory problem due to asthma very weak lungs.I am an easy target for this virus. PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME!

  5. Illumination Foundation of OC is doing a wonderful job. I retort what was negatively stated and alleged. I attest that Project Roomkey is very well managed with all the diversities. Safe and secure.

  6. Tina Crownover | October 1, 2020 at 2:06 am | Reply

    Illumination foundation project room key
    I am so great full to them for keeping me safe during COVID.
    I just want to thank you for your help
    I also want to thank Governor Newsom
    For helping the homeless. Your an excellent Governor🎼🎬

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