State of California

Click here for the California Coronavirus Response Page for more up-to-date information

A running list of California’s actions to combat COVID-19

  • March 16th 2020: Executive Order to protect Renters and Homeowners

  • April 3rd 2020: Launch of Project Roomkey to secure hotel/motel rooms for individuals experiencing homelessness 

  • April 15th 2020: The Employment Development Department (EDD) is ordered to launch a call center to help individuals apply for unemployment uninsurance or the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program 

Gavin Newsom Issues Executive Order to Protect Renters and Homeowners During COVID-19 Pandemic

  • March 16th 2020

  • Executive Order authorizes local governments to halt evictions of renters and homeowners 

  • Protections are in effect through May 31st unless extended 

Governor Newsom Takes Emergency Actions and Authorizes $150 Million in Funding to Protect Homeless Californians from COVID-19

  • March 18th 2020

  • Funds are directed directly to cities, counties, and Continuums of Care

  • $100 million goes directly to local governments 

  • Funds to purchase travel trailers and lease rooms in hotels, motels, and other facilities for immediate isolation

  • On March 17th, the state secured two hotel leases and transferred control to Alameda County 

  • An Executive Order gives local governments flexibility to spend by removing many limitations on spending 

State of California provides “Interim Guidance for Homeless Assistance Providers on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)”

  • March 18th 2020

  • Guidance on Shelter Environments follow CDC and HUD recommendations 

  • Guidance on hotel/motel shelters outlines priority order for those being placed in isolation units

  • State recommends outreach prioritizes individuals 65 and older 

Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered a moratorium to all evictions in CA

  • March 27th 2020

  • Through May 31st (unless extended)  all eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 cannot be enforced

    • Landlords may not evict tenants for failing to pay rent 

    • Tenants are not relieved from the obligation to pay rent, and landlords may recover rent that is due in the future

    • Tenants must declare in writing that they cannot pay their rent due to COVID-19

    • Tenants are still responsible for repaying full rent and can still be evicted after the moratorium is lifted

Governor Gavin Newsom Launches Project Roomkey 

  • April 3rd 2020

  • State is securing thousands of isolation rooms in hotels and motels for extremely vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness to help flatten the curve & preserve hospital capacity

  • The state’s effort, Project Roomkey, has set an initial goal of securing up to 15,000 rooms for this purpose and county partners have moved 869 homeless individuals most vulnerable to COVID-19 off the street, out of shelters, and into isolation.

  • Local governments are responsible for identifying individuals who should be placed in hotel isolation and for transporting them for intake 

  • State and local governments receive up to 75% cost-share reimbursement for FEMA

  • Wraparound services (meals, security, custodial, behavioral health, health care) will be provided by local governments and community partners

  • From the Daily Cal: CA Gov. Gavin Newsom launches ‘Project Roomkey’ in light of COVID-19

Coronavirus Update: Gov. Newsom Announces Deal With Motel 6 Chain To House Homeless

  • April 18th 



Click here to access the White House COVID-19 Information Hub

CDC Interim Guidance on People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness

  • Prevention measures for encampments:

    • No clearing of encampments 

    • 12x12 square feet per individual tent/sleeping quarters

    • Ensure nearby restroom facilities have functional water taps, are stocked with hand hygiene materials (soap, drying materials) and bath tissue, and remain open to people experiencing homelessness 24 hours per day.

    • If toilets or handwashing facilities are not available nearby, provide access to portable latrines with handwashing facilities for encampments of more than 10 people

  • Communication 

    • Provide straightforward communications to people sleeping outside 

    • Identify influential community members to communicate with others

    • Share information on hygiene protocol and resources for food, water, hygiene facilities, regular healthcare, and behavioral health resources

  • Plan to place individuals with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in isolation housing

    • Identify how to safely transport individuals

    •  Ensure that isolation sites can facilitate support for those with substance abuse or mental health disorders

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is signed into law on March 27th 2020

  • $3.064 billion dollars being allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 

  • $1 billion allocated for safety of the homeless

    • Emergency shelters

    • hotel/motel vouchers

    • Essential services to the homeless: childcare, education services, outreach, transportation, etc.