San Diego and Ventura Counties Launch Lodging Programs for Agricultural Workers Affected by COVID-19

  • Sep 23, 2020

To assist agricultural workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who may have had close contact with someone who tested positive, San Diego County and Ventura County have initiated temporary housing programs so individuals can safely isolate or quarantine.

As part of the Housing for Harvest program, the County of San Diego’s Temporary Lodging program provides free shelter for agricultural workers who need to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 and are able to function independently. In partnership with local hotels, individuals will be provided with a clean, secure room, three daily meals and access to laundry and trash services. Daily wellness checks will be performed by registered nurses via phone or in-person. Behavioral health services also are available. Affected individuals should call 211 to be connected with someone who can help them gain access to the supporting services.

Ventura County’s Project Roomkey program has secured free housing options at local motels in Ventura, Oxnard and Newbury Park for agricultural workers affected by COVID-19. County agencies provide transportation, medical and mental health care, meals and on-site security. Individuals are medically evaluated before they are cleared for participation in the program. Individuals in need of these services should call 211. For more information, contact Tara Carruth at 805.654.3838.

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