Since the health emergency of coronavirus Hit the Los Angeles County, the authorities have made various actions to contain the contagion curve, among them, the empowerment of temporary sites to house the homeless.
The mayor of the city, Eric Garcetti has driven various initiatives of this type to give refuge to these people like the conversion of hotel and recreation centers in shelters, or the creation of home insulation units trailers.
A handful of staff from my office have been working day and overnight shifts at the emergency homeless shelter at the Westchester Recreation Center. I am beyond proud of Jason, Eric Bruins, Ben, Matthew and Allison for stepping up and helping our unhoused neighbors. pic.twitter.com/8fhjXuR4Ei
– Mike Bonin-Official (@MikeBoninLA) April 6, 2020
The west of the city highlights the empowerment of a luxury hotel in West Hollywood which has received its new guests since last Friday, as published by LA Times. The hotel had its 130 rooms empty due to the order of “Safer at home” And the zero presence of tourists. The administration and protocol of the facilities It is in charge of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
The team of collaborators of the homeless service is in charge of carrying out a process of eliminating bed bugs on all belongings of people entering the facilities. These belongings are placed inside a closed tent that is capable of raising its temperature to more than 120 degrees to kill insects.
In this type of shelter, they only admit elderly people and people with high risk of contagion in the street, and no person is staying with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Authorities hope to establish 15,000 beds under this type of temporary shelter.
We are partnering with the @CountyofLA, the @CAgovernor, @fema, the @LAFD, and service providers to take on this massive task with an ultimate goal of 15,000 beds to help protect asymptomatic, high-risk people experiencing homelessness. https://t.co/epLH6P4GqX
– LA Homeless Services Authority (@LAHomeless) April 7, 2020
Hotel name was not disclosed but the newspaper highlights that normally a room on the premises costs over $380 per night.