On Tuesday, Alameda County extended Project Roomkey leases through the end of January 2021 for four hotels currently providing housing to members of the homeless community.
Two of Project Roomkey’s hotels are in Berkeley, and together they offer 69 units of housing. While the Rodeway Inn’s lease will be extended, the Quality Inn — the other Project Roomkey hotel in Berkeley — will not have its lease extended and will close Dec. 31. Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín said, however, he aims to provide the Quality Inn’s current residents with longer-term housing options before the end of the hotel’s lease.
“Extending the leases for these hotels under Project Roomkey was crucial in ensuring that our most vulnerable residents have reprieve during what is typically the coldest time of the year and while COVID-19 cases reach record highs,” Arreguín said in an email.
In addition to Project Roomkey housing, Berkeley has also supplied a city-owned home and trailers, according to Arreguín. He added that they continue to work with nonprofits to provide access to flu shots, essential supplies and sanitation.
Executive Director of the Berkeley Food and Housing Project, or BFHP, Calleene Egan added that BFHP is also helping the homeless community in Berkeley through its Dwight Way Shelter, which includes a women’s shelter and men’s shelter.
BFHP also provides recreational vehicles and a single-family house for temporary housing, in addition to helping veterans find housing. The organization has been able to move 341 veterans off the streets across the six counties they serve, Egan said.
“We’re working around the clock to make sure clients are able to move onto the next step of their housing,” Egan said. “Hopefully nobody will be returning to the street.”