CA Dept. of Social Services 3/31

California Department of Social Services (DSS)

  • Deploying $150 million to cities, counties, and tribes to help combat the spread of COVID-19 for those individuals who are experiencing homelessness;
    • So far, has procured 5,000 rooms.
  • Project Room Key;
    • For homeless individuals who have tested positive for, been exposed to, or are in a high risk population of COVID-19;
    • Received an affirmation from FEMA that costs associated with implementing and standing up non-congregate homeless shelters will be reimbursable up to 75% for jurisdictions across the state;
      • Reimbursable costs will include the cost of the hotel/motel and the wraparound services;
      • Approval runs until April 30, but FEMA is open to extensions to that if the crisis last longer than that; and
      • Will share out data and reports on this as they get it.
    • Working in collaboration with DSS and local continuums of care on this;
    • Locals are working on the ground to make sure these hotel/motels are working and operational and the state is helping support them;
    • Department of General Services has been playing a critical role in identifying 25,000 rooms that are available for Project Room Key; and
    • Cal OES is providing technical assistance and support of the FEMA reimbursement process.

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