The Riverside County Oversight Board on Tuesday signed a $ 560,640 contract with a Monterey Park company to provide security for three Riverside County motels, including one in Palm Springs, reserved for homeless people with COVID- 19 or at risk of exposure to it.
In a 5-0 vote without comment, the board authorized the County Housing Authority to enter into a 12-month agreement with Alltech Industries Inc., from July 1 to June 30, 2022. Under the contract, Alltech will provide security personnel at Musicland. on South Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, the Travelodge on West Florida Avenue in Hemet, and the Days Inn on Magnolia Avenue in Riverside.
Last year, the three motels were designated as Project Roomkey sites, which are intended to provide transitional housing for homeless people diagnosed with COVID, who are recovering or who are at high risk of exposure due to their current living conditions. .
The program was launched in March 2020 as part of a state and federal plan to reduce the impacts of coronaviruses on the homeless.
Governor Gavin Newsom announced in November 2020 that the program would receive emergency funding of $ 62 million to enable counties to keep homeless people who were due to be evicted from temporary hotel rooms by now. the end of the year. More than 28,000 people, or 17% of the state’s homeless population, were placed in a hotel room under the program, according to the Desert Sun report at the time.
Alltech Industries was one of eight potential contractors who submitted bids for the one-year security contract, which the county has the option of renewing. Alltech was selected based on its costs and standards, according to the executive board.
Although the contract says $ 560,640, up to $ 750,000 is allowed to be spent if spending unexpectedly increases, officials said.
The number of homeless people currently housed in the motels was not specified.
Under the terms of the contract, uniformed security personnel will be responsible for providing 24-hour surveillance of each location, seven days a week, and will document any illegal activity and report it to law enforcement if necessary.
All funding for the contract was awarded by the State.