Governor announces Motel 6 deal to house homeless during pandemic

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Governor Gavin Newsom announced Saturday that the state has reached an agreement with Motel 6 to make all of its corporate-owned locations available to counties. These rooms will provide a safe, isolated space to protect homeless individuals from COVID-19.

“Motel 6 is pleased to support Governor Newsom and the State of California’s efforts to provide assistance during the pandemic, including lodging for our most vulnerable populations and first responders,” said Rob Palleschi, CEO of G6 Hospitality LLC.

Nearly 11,000 hotel and motel rooms across 42 counties are available for homeless individuals as a result of the state’s effort, ‘Project Roomkey.’ The agreement with Motel 6 will add another 5,000 rooms. Over 4,200 rooms are currently occupied.

The counties have the option to adopt the operating agreement for the locations within their jurisdiction. If they choose to, they are responsible for identifying which individuals need a Project Roomkey placement, and then moving those individuals into the rooms.

“[Saturday] marks an important milestone for our efforts to protect very vulnerable homeless individuals from COVID-19, and to protect our hospitals more broadly from surges that challenge our capacity and stress our system,” said Governor Newsom. “Many of California’s counties have done a fantastic job getting Project Roomkey hotels up and running. There’s no doubt California is leading the way when it comes to treating our homeless population with the compassion and urgency this moment demands.”

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