County working with hotels to provide COVID-19 housing

Thursday, April 02, 2020

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Skagit County is working with local hotels to provide housing to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thanks to a $526,000 grant from the State Department of Commerce, the county is currently leasing a Skagit County motel to house vulnerable populations affected by COVID-19.

The 35-unit motel is being temporarily repurposed as an isolation and quarantine facility, said Sarah Hinman, Housing and Community Services division manager with county Public Health.

Quarantine can last 14 days, and isolation can last seven days or three days after being symptom-free.

Hoteliers across the state are encouraged to reach out to their local officials to see how they can work together to provide COVID-19 emergency housing, according to a news release from the State Department of Commerce.

“This is an opportunity to assist hotels struggling with lower demand and help people who need an alternative housing option during this emergency,” said Lisa Brown, Commerce director. “Businesses can be some of the true heroes in this crisis, strengthening communities by providing housing for first responders, medical personnel and others needing a place to stay during the pandemic.”

Hotel owners interested in partnering with counties to house people during the crisis can use this contact list to call county staff immediately.

The county has also partnered with Community Action of Skagit County to provide motel vouchers at several motels for homeless who are high-risk should they contact COVID-19. This motel voucher program is currently at capacity with a lengthy waiting list, according to Community Action.

To learn more about the voucher or other support services from Community Action, click here.

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