In accordance with the State’s Public Health Order, LA County Department of Public Health revised the Health Officer Order and is effective June 15, 2021. Face coverings are no longer required for fully vaccinated individuals, but they are still required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses, such as restaurants, theaters, entertainment centers, and meetings. Masks are
Who can I contact directly if I have additional questions or concerns about the hotel being leased by the County during the COVID-19 pandemic?
If you have questions or concerns about the overall program, you may reach out to: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Director of Government Affairs Jose Delgado (firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 225-8492) Los Angeles Homeless Services AuthorityDirector of Communications Ahmad Chapman (email@example.com, (213) 225-8491) If you have questions or concerns about the onsite logistics, you may reach
Why has Lomita been selected to temporarily house homeless individuals during this emergency, and are there other hotels or locations where these arrangements will be made?
As of April 8th, the County has already opened four other locations in various areas of the County, with many others under negotiations, with the goal of 15,000 rooms County wide for this purpose. Although they are not releasing the specific locations of each site, we have been told that there are no other locations
The County indicated that the lease period would be be 2-3 months. It has been our expectation that this operation will be terminated when the emergency need passes, and the arrangement in Lomita is on track to be one of the first to be decommissioned.
At the end of the emergency declaration, what will happen to the homeless individuals staying at the hotel?
The City has specifically requested a demobilization plan from the County to ensure that each and every individual at the facility is offered permanent or alternative housing at conclusion of the emergency period and that Lomita’s share of the regional efforts to support those experiencing homlessness is not increased as a result of this State
Would homeless individuals be medically screened at all for coronavirus before entering the hotel in Lomita being leased by the County during the COVID-19 pandemic?
The individuals will be required to undergo health screenings prior to transportation to the multiple times a day and, if symptomatic in any way, be required to take protective measures or be moved to an alternative facility capable of providing the necessary level of care.
While homeless individuals are staying at a Lomita hotel during the emergency, will the homeless individuals be able to leave the hotel?
Individuals who may be staying at the hotel will need to follow the same Safer At Home order as other LA County residents, so all movement outside of their rooms will be limited to what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs. In addition, the City of Lomita is holding LA County and
While homeless individuals are staying at a Lomita hotel under the authority of the Governor’s emergency declarations, how will the City ensure the health and security of people at the hotel and the surrounding community?
While the City of Lomita understands the need to care for the most vulnerable in our community during this unprecedented time, this arrangement takes advantage of the current emergency to place additional burden on communities like ours that are already shouldering more than our share of the provision of affordable housing in our region. We
Based on our understanding, individuals will be able to stay at the hotel in Lomita as of Wednesday, April 8. It is important to note that there is no walk-up access available to stay at the hotel; individuals are only being connected to the hotel on a case-by-base basis through the County’s coordinated entry system.
How many homeless individuals are expected to come to Lomita during the course of this COVID-19 emergency? How many homeless people are here currently?
Based on our understanding of the lease agreement, LA County is planning to house up to 60 homeless individuals in a hotel in Lomita. In the County’s 2019 Point in Time count, there were 26 homeless individuals in our community. City leaders have shared our concerns with the County that this, in effect, adds double