LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today approved a motion authored by Chair of the Board Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, authorizing the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services to accept an allocation of $18,642,781 in one-time funding from the State of California’s Disaster Response Emergency Operations Account, and any additional allocations from remaining State funding, for Project Roomkey and Rehousing Efforts:

“With the support of the State of California, the County of Los Angeles has taken many actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among people experiencing homelessness,” said Chair Solis. “Project Roomkey has enabled us to immediately bring some of our most vulnerable unhoused individuals indoors to protect them from contracting the virus and to set them on a path to permanent housing. This initiative has saved lives, and our commitment to protect our most vulnerable and capacity in our healthcare system reflect the moral character of our County and its residents.”

Project Roomkey was launched in April 2020 as part of the State of California’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of Project Roomkey is to provide non-congregate shelter options for people experiencing homelessness, protect human life, and minimize strain on health care system capacity. Project Roomkey provides a safe place for self-isolation for people who are experiencing homelessness and at high risk for medical complications should they to become infected.

On November 16, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced $62 million in onetime funds from the State’s Disaster Response Emergency Operations Account to allow local Project Roomkey operations to continue, to transition program participants to permanent housing, and for technical assistance local areas may need in these efforts. The goal of these funds is to ensure the safety of participants during the ongoing public health emergency and to increase the rate and speed of rehousing placements out of Project Roomkey sites.

The total $62 million is being administered by the California Department of Social Services which is making $59.0 million available immediately to counties and tribes operating Project Roomkey sites for program operations and rehousing assistance. The amount available to each county and tribe is proportionate to the number of occupied Project Roomkey rooms reported to the California Department of Social Services from July 2020 through November 18, 2020. Based on this methodology, Los Angeles County’s share of the $59.0 million is $18.6 million.

The motion directs Los Angeles County’s Acting Chief Executive Officer to approve the use of these funds for Project Roomkey occupancy agreements and operations in 2021, and rehousing program residents. The motion also directs the County’s Chief Executive Officer to allocate $6.5 million of this funding to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and/or the City of Los Angeles based on Project Roomkey occupancy agreements executed by the City of Los Angeles.

To view the motion, click here.

CONTACT: Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov