March 31, 2020
Health officials seek motel beds for homeless
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Dealing with the coronavirus episode in Riverside County involves getting the homeless off the streets and into shelters.

Under the governor’s stay-at-home order, county officials have identified hotels and motels with available units for unsheltered homeless individuals.

The Housing Authority of Riverside County is taking the lead in providing emergency temporary housing at locations throughout the county.

Officials are working with local homeless providers and the hotel and motel sites to identify homeless individuals who meet the eligibility requirements for temporary housing. Efforts to identify permanent housing for these individuals are ongoing and will continue alongside the temporary hotel and motel housing, officials said.

“Much-needed beds will get our most vulnerable homeless residents into safe housing, because they need the most protection,” said V. Manuel Perez, county supervisors chairman.

“This will continue to slow and halt the spread of this deadly virus,” Perez said.

Meantime, California has awarded $100 million in emergency grant funding to California counties, Continuums of Care, and the state's 13 largest cities to help protect the health and safety of people experiencing homelessness.
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