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MEDIA ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2020: Healthcare Workers at Nursing Homes Get Housing as Coronavirus Risk Rises

WHO: Healthcare Workers in Los Angeles County. On Tuesday, May 26 the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to appoint an Inspector General (IG) to oversee skilled nursing facilities, as nursing homes continue to suffer a huge toll from the coronavirus. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, as of Monday, May 25, 1,085 people had died at institutional settings, most of them nursing homes — 7,238 residents had become infected and 3,376 staff workers at the nursing homes had been infected. Total county deaths were at 2,116.

WHAT: House Healthcare Workers has a website and referral source for nursing home workers at www.househealthcareworkers.org It’s a coalition of nonprofits led by National Community Renaissance which develops workforce housing.

WHERE: House Healthcare Workers offers temporary housing to nursing home workers at several LA hotels, including the Doubletree in Downtown LA, the Roadway Inn in Hollywood, the Hyatt Place near LAX and the Hampton Inn in Santa Monica. Workers can stay up to a week free of charge, getting badly needed rest between shifts without having to return home and potentially spread coronavirus to loved ones.

WHEN: The program was launched in April with a $50,000 pledge by National Community Renaissance to house healthcare workers impacted by the coronavirus, working with nonprofit foundation partners including BizFed, and with Whistle, an LA-based tech company that provides hotel guests “no touch” digital access to their rooms and hotel services.

HOW: For interviews and more information please contact Shirley Cervantes at shirley.cervantes@peoplemedia.la or (213) 674-4346 x 226

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