In April 2020, Gov. Newsom announced Project Roomkey, an initiative secured with Federal Emergency Management Agency approval to provide safe isolation for people experiencing homelessness to protect them and California communities from COVID-19. Managed by county partners, Project Roomkey provides meals and secures housing in hotel and motel rooms for homeless individuals who are at risk, have been exposed to COVID-19, or who are COVID-19-positive.
Department of Social Services staff have stated Project Roomkey is still active in many counties across California. Additional funding also supports successfully rehousing Project Roomkey participants. County governments are responsible for identifying bed capacity in each county (shelters, hotels, isolation settings, etc). Each county is submitting bed availability to the state.
For a list of continuums of care by county to assist with identifying appropriate placements for persons experiencing homelessness, refer to these points of contact.