Sacramento, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Gov. Newsom said Wednesday that California is making an “unprecedented” effort to address homelessness, two days after lawmakers failed to pass a bill to massively increase housing production….. The governor said the state has placed more than 22,000 homeless Californians in 16,400 hotel and motel rooms amid the pandemic, and is giving cities and counties $600 million to purchase the rooms and convert them into permanent housing….. Local governments also got another $628 million in emergency homelessness aid….. “It’s self-evident that this has to be our top priority and it is,” said Newsom……   A bill heading to Newsom’s desk would create a state Office to End Homelessness, led by a new “homelessness czar.” But the governor said Wednesday he already has a homelessness czar — a seemingly fluid title, given that he’s used it to refer to six people in the past two years, including himself……      HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..
San Francisco, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Bay Area universities and homeless advocates released a report on Thursday revealing the various barriers homeless San Franciscans face when accessing housing…..  The report’s authors, the Coalition on Homelessness and researchers with the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University and Santa Clara University surveyed 600 temporarily housed San Franciscans, with a focus on transgender people …..  Participants revealed inequities that homeless transgender people face to obtain housing, poor shelter conditions, crowded living spaces and strict curfews, created even more barriers to housing. Fifty-eight percent of participants said they would prefer a legal homeless camp with basic amenities like showers and toilets while 34 percent reported having substance abuse issues…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Stanton, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The County of Orange and Jamboree Housing Corporation submitted three applications as co-applicants and in partnership with the City of Stanton under the State Homekey program, all located in the City of Stanton, for a total request of $28.1 million in funding…..   The County recently received word that the State reserved funding for both The Tahiti Motel and Stanton Inn and Suites applications….. Two of the motels identified for funds in the City of Stanton include The Stanton Inn and Suites, on Katella Avenue and the Tahiti Motel, on Beach Boulevard. A third motel is in negotiation with the motel owner, they say. By the end of the project, 132 new affordable homes will be available for those experiencing homelessness.   Although this does not yet represent an award from the State, it is one step closer to securing funding to make the Homekey program work…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..     …..  
Oxnard, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The Vagabond Inn in Oxnard could soon transition from an affordable hotel option to permanent supportive housing for 70 of the county’s homeless residents, thanks to a state funding effort that aims to house California’s most vulnerable homeless individuals….. The Vagabond Inn is under consideration for funding under Project Homekey, the next phase in the state’s efforts to protect homeless residents who are high-risk for COVID-19. In July, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $600 million in funding for cities and counties to convert motels, hotels and other housing types into permanent housing…..  “This is an opportunity that allows us to both respond to COVID-19 and respond to homelessness and the long-term need to provide housing,” said Oxnard Housing Director Emilio Ramirez…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Paso Robles, CA – Sept. 2, 2020      The temporary camping facility for homeless residents has been operational at the Borkey Flats site for a few weeks. The site has restrooms, showers, and a safe needle exchange program, and a safe parking area….. The City’s Community Action Team (CAT) has been visiting homeless encampments in the riverbed. They have visited 15-20 camps and informed individuals of the new camping site and of the city’s intent to clean up the riverbed to mitigate fire risk and protect water quality…… To date, three encampments have been cleaned up of all debris and waste products. The camping site has not seen high levels of utilization to date, but the city has seen a drop in fire activity since the CAT team has been active and cleanup has begun….. The city will need to move the Borkey Flats encampment in the winter given that it is in the flood plain, and continues to work with homeless service provider partners to identify long-term solutions…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER    …..     …..
Oxnard, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The Vagabond Inn in Oxnard could soon transition from an affordable hotel option to permanent supportive housing for 70 of the county’s homeless residents, thanks to a state funding effort that aims to house California’s most vulnerable homeless individuals….. The Vagabond Inn is under consideration for funding under Project Homekey, the next phase in the state’s efforts to protect homeless residents who are high-risk for COVID-19. In July, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $600 million in funding for cities and counties to convert motels, hotels and other housing types into permanent housing…..  “This is an opportunity that allows us to both respond to COVID-19 and respond to homelessness and the long-term need to provide housing,” said Oxnard Housing Director Emilio Ramirez…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Sacramento, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Gov. Newsom said Wednesday that California is making an “unprecedented” effort to address homelessness, two days after lawmakers failed to pass a bill to massively increase housing production….. The governor said the state has placed more than 22,000 homeless Californians in 16,400 hotel and motel rooms amid the pandemic, and is giving cities and counties $600 million to purchase the rooms and convert them into permanent housing….. Local governments also got another $628 million in emergency homelessness aid….. “It’s self-evident that this has to be our top priority and it is,” said Newsom……   A bill heading to Newsom’s desk would create a state Office to End Homelessness, led by a new “homelessness czar.” But the governor said Wednesday he already has a homelessness czar — a seemingly fluid title, given that he’s used it to refer to six people in the past two years, including himself……      HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..
Paso Robles, CA – Sept. 2, 2020      The temporary camping facility for homeless residents has been operational at the Borkey Flats site for a few weeks. The site has restrooms, showers, and a safe needle exchange program, and a safe parking area….. The City’s Community Action Team (CAT) has been visiting homeless encampments in the riverbed. They have visited 15-20 camps and informed individuals of the new camping site and of the city’s intent to clean up the riverbed to mitigate fire risk and protect water quality…… To date, three encampments have been cleaned up of all debris and waste products. The camping site has not seen high levels of utilization to date, but the city has seen a drop in fire activity since the CAT team has been active and cleanup has begun….. The city will need to move the Borkey Flats encampment in the winter given that it is in the flood plain, and continues to work with homeless service provider partners to identify long-term solutions…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER    …..     …..
San Francisco, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Bay Area universities and homeless advocates released a report on Thursday revealing the various barriers homeless San Franciscans face when accessing housing…..  The report’s authors, the Coalition on Homelessness and researchers with the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University and Santa Clara University surveyed 600 temporarily housed San Franciscans, with a focus on transgender people …..  Participants revealed inequities that homeless transgender people face to obtain housing, poor shelter conditions, crowded living spaces and strict curfews, created even more barriers to housing. Fifty-eight percent of participants said they would prefer a legal homeless camp with basic amenities like showers and toilets while 34 percent reported having substance abuse issues…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Stanton, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The County of Orange and Jamboree Housing Corporation submitted three applications as co-applicants and in partnership with the City of Stanton under the State Homekey program, all located in the City of Stanton, for a total request of $28.1 million in funding…..   The County recently received word that the State reserved funding for both The Tahiti Motel and Stanton Inn and Suites applications….. Two of the motels identified for funds in the City of Stanton include The Stanton Inn and Suites, on Katella Avenue and the Tahiti Motel, on Beach Boulevard. A third motel is in negotiation with the motel owner, they say. By the end of the project, 132 new affordable homes will be available for those experiencing homelessness.   Although this does not yet represent an award from the State, it is one step closer to securing funding to make the Homekey program work…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..     …..  

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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5 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

  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.

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