Project Roomkey Initiative

Project Roomkey Initiative in the City of Rosemead
Posted on 05/11/2020

Updated:  May 11, 2020
C
ontact Person: Gloria Molleda, City Manager
Email: gmolleda@cityofrosemead.org   
Phone Number: (626) 328-3026



Project Roomkey Initiative in the City of Rosemead

 

Last Monday, the City was informed of the County of Los Angeles’ intention to establish a Project Roomkey temporary housing location for up to 127 unsheltered homeless individuals at the Motel 6 located at 1001 San Gabriel Boulevard in Rosemead. The Project Roomkey Initiative is part of a Statewide effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by seeking temporary housing at hotels and motels for People Experiencing Homelessness (PEH) who are above the age of 65 and/or may have underlying health conditions and are asymptomatic. 

After receiving notification, the City immediately reached out to County representatives to learn more about the housing location and ask questions.  In addition, the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments also reached out to the County and requested clarification about the parameter of the program.  Please click here for a copy of the County’s response letter.

As a community, we understand and appreciate the importance of the Project Roomkey Initiative in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19, while continuing to keep our residents and businesses safe.  The County has confirmed that the residents that will be placed at the Motel 6 location in Rosemead will not be screened for a criminal background.  This fact is very alarming and concerning to both the City and the Sheriff’s Department.  The City will continue to engage County representatives to learn more about the site and their plan to execute this project.  We believe that reasonable precautions, responsibilities, and protections, as outlined in our letter, should be followed for the sake of our residents and businesses. We truly care about all safety and health concerns, and we will continue to communicate all information pertaining to this initiative to ensure that everyone is appropriately informed and engaged regarding this housing location. Please click here for a copy of the City’s Attorney’s letter to the owner of the Motel 6 addressing our concerns.

Keeping the community informed is the City’s highest priority during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The County’s point of contacts are Edith Gonzalez, District Director for Supervisor Hilda Solis, (626) 350-4500, egonzalez@bos.lacounty.gov, Jose Delgado, Director of Government Affairs of Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, (213) 225-8492, jdelgado@lahsa.org and Sofia Peralta, Coordinator of Crisis Housing, (213) 797-4582, speralta@lahsa.org.   We will continue to provide updated releases and new information as it becomes available.  For the latest updates, please visit the City’s website at www.cityofrosmead.org and social media accounts or contact us at (626) 569-2100.

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