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Newsom announces that 15,000 hotel rooms in California will be used to quarantine at risk homeless

Posted at 10:24 AM, Apr 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 13:24:37-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Governor Gavin Newsom provided an update Saturday on an initiative to provide homeless individuals shelter around the state of California.

"This state had a crisis the issue of homeless well before the crisis of COVID-19 and the current crisis that we are currently in but in the crisis exacerbates that crisis."

The initiative is called project "Roomkey," would partner with FEMA and they will identify 15,000 hotel rooms throughout the state that would house homeless individuals.

The Governor announced more than 10,000 hotel rooms have been identified as part of the project and 4,200 individuals have been put in those rooms.

As part of the program each hotel room is partnered with food delivery and social services.

The rooms will house homeless individuals who show no symptoms of coronavirus but are deemed high-risk.

Kern County Public Health officials have not said whether or not any hotels have been identified in Kern County for at risk homeless.