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Homeless To Stay In Oakland Hotels During Shelter In Placer Order

NBC Bay Area-


Thousands of homeless are doing their best to shelter in place, hoping the coronavirus does not hit the places they are camped out in.

Homeless advocates said it is critical to get people living on the street to safer spaces as soon as possible.

“Time is of the essence and the more we do now the more we can protect people,” said Heather Freinkel with the Homeless Action Center.

In Oakland, there is an effort to house the homeless in hotels.

Two Oakland hotels have been leased by the state for $2.1 million a month, but Alameda County said it would take them days, maybe weeks, to get them staffed for move in. Officials said medical and mental health staff will be needed.

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