New COVID-19 Supports for California Ag Workers Include Housing for Isolation and Quarantine
California Governor Newsom announced a new housing program to assist California workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing that isolation and quarantine help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the state has launched the Housing for Harvest program that provides safe, temporary hotel housing for agricultural and farmworkers who test positive, or were exposed to, COVID-19.
Currently the Housing for Harvest program is operating in the Central Valley, Central Coast, and Imperial Valley – the regions with the highest number of agricultural workers. To qualify, participants must:
- Work in California food processing or agriculture
- Have tested positive or been exposed to COVID-19, as documented by a public health official or medical health professional
- Be unable to self-isolate at home
- Self-isolate in one of the program’s hotel rooms
- Have transportation, meals and wellness services available to them
- Be provided with services in their language
While the program presently only pertains the avocado industry within the Central Coast, the California Avocado Commission will make appeals to have other avocado growing regions and counties included.