SF Hotels (Even the Fancy Ones) Offer 8,000+ Rooms to The City
Thanks to the SF Examiner for letting us know that hotels in San Francisco have offered up (for a price) about 8,500 hotel rooms to house the homeless and first responders – including some of SF’s fanciest like The Palace and the Mark Hopkins International.
According to The Chronicle the hotels would be paid by the city $213 per day for quarantine rooms (which include three meals a day), $164 per day for rooms used by healthcare workers in between shifts (no meals) and $79 per day for rooms not in use.
So far the city has secured 300 rooms and plans to have 3,000 more by next week.
Please note this is an evolving story and details may change as the city finalized details.
- As of March 26, the Human Services Agency (HSA) has secured leases for over 300 hotels rooms for this purpose, and plans to finalize leases for an additional 3,000 hotels rooms next week. Referrals into self-quarantine hotel rooms will come through DPH and will be made based on the medical needs of the patient.
- Moscone Center West will provide spaces for people who are currently living in City shelters and Navigation Centers
The City began looking for hotel rooms for an alternative to having people occupy hospital beds as they fear a surge in coronavirus patients could overwhelm the healthcare system.
Mayor London Breed and other city officials helped secure 31 hotels who stepped forward offering about 8,500 rooms. According to the San Francisco Examiner hotels may likely include Phoenix Hotel, Westin St. Francis and Holiday Inn Golden Gateway along with The Palace Hotel, Mark Hopkins International, Le Meridien, Parc 55, and a variety of Hilton and Westin properties according to The Chronicle.
Breed said that the hotel rooms will be prioritized for homeless or those living in SROs (single-room occupancy hotels) who test positive for COVID-19 or need to quarantine while awaiting test results. They may also be used for first responders and healthcare workers, as well as for seniors are in long-term care facilities.
- Hoteliers offer up more than 8,000 rooms to house homeless, first responders – SF Examiner
- Dozens of Bay Area homeless move into hotels to ride out pandemic – Mercury News
- SF’s poshest hotels compete for new clientele: quarantined residents – SF Chronicle
- SF Leases 300 Hotel Rooms to House COVID-19 Patients and ‘Vulnerable Populations’ – SFist