City of Chico continues housing homeless in hotels

As coronavirus cases continue to increase, local hotels are still housing the homeless population through "Project Room Key."

Posted: Jul 20, 2020 6:17 PM

CHICO, Calif. - As coronavirus cases continue to increase, local hotels are still housing the homeless population through "Project Room Key."

City officials say the program is helping keep the amount of homeless infections down in the area. 

The number of homeless people who have impacted by the virus has only been a handful. 

Since the pandemic started, Chico officials have been working to move at risk homeless individuals into hotels around town.

Workers at The Jesus Center say the project has helped about 150 people.

So far out of those people, 2 tested positive. Laura Cootsona is the Executive director at The Jesus Center. 

She told Action News Now, "All of the providers have come togeter, we have all done a collective job, The Torres Shelter, Jesus Center and Project Room Key and we are thankful that we did not see any outbreaks."

Workers at the Jesus Center are providing hundreds of meals a day to the people living in the hotels.

So far the project has helped 47 people find permanent housing.

Those individuals who test positive or are exposed are asked to self-isolate in the hotel rooms. Hotel staff and shelter staff are made aware of the high risk rooms so they can take extra precaution. 

Project room key is expected to end this month but Cal OES will once again be asking for an extension.

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