Riverside County supervisors on Tuesday authorized $ 5.99 million to pay nearly two dozen hotels and motels across the county that participated in the Project Roomkey program launched in 2020 to put transients at risk exposure to COVID-19.
In a 5-0 vote without comment, the supervisory board asked the director of the emergency management department, Bruce Barton, to honor the voucher program, covering the period from May to December 2020.
A total of 23 hotels and motels have been listed in county documents, with the highest amount owed being $ 760,762, which will be distributed to the Quality Inn in Palm Springs.
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“The Project Roomkey program has provided shelter for vulnerable residents during the coronavirus,” according to an EMD statement posted to the board agenda. “Local hotels and motels also benefited from the program, as they could provide accommodation while their businesses were affected by public health orders.”
Each hotel and motel participating in the program was required to set flat rates for the space provided to Roomkey beneficiaries, most of whom were homeless, according to the EMD.
In some cases, facilities have provided housing for those infected and recovering from COVID-19, officials said.
All funds paid to hotels and motels will be drawn from federal disbursements to the county as part of the tax breaks.