COVID-19: Plan of Action for Corona's Homeless Neighbors
In response to COVID-19, the City of Corona is implementing a multi-faceted plan of action to support our homeless neighbors. The plan of action includes the following components:
City Net provides outreach and engagement services for Corona’s homeless to educate them regarding COVID-19 risks and strategies to reduce risks as well as to connect interested homeless neighbors to available services, shelter, and housing.
Corona Police Department:
The Corona Police Department has two Officers dedicated to provide Homeless Outreach and Psychological Evaluation (HOPE) services. As part of this effort, the HOPE team educates Corona’s homeless neighbors regarding COVID-19 risks and strategies to reduce risks. The HOPE team also collaborates with City Net to connect interested homeless to available services, shelter, and housing.
City Motel Voucher Program:
On January 13, 2020, the City launched an Inclement Weather Emergency Shelter Motel Voucher Program. The program provides safe motel shelter, meal services, and case management services to eligible homeless in the City of Corona.
On April 1, 2020, City Council approved a $65,000 COVID-19 Continuum of Care grant and $100,000 in City General funds to extend the Motel Voucher Emergency Shelter Program during the COVID-19 Stay at Home order.
Although the Motel Voucher program is currently at capacity, eligible homeless individuals and families from Corona can be referred to City Net to be placed on a waiting list as new clients can be served when existing clients graduate/exit the program.
Path of Life Shelter Beds:
The City of Corona has a contract with the Path of Life to reserve emergency shelter beds for Corona’s homeless neighbors. For more details about how to access the City’s dedicated shelter beds, contact City Net at:
COVID-19 County Motel Voucher Program for high risk populations:
The County of Riverside has identified hotels and motels with available units for unsheltered homeless individuals to provide emergency temporary housing during the state order to “stay at home.” The temporary housing is part of a county program that includes case management, medical and wrap-around services. The housing is effective until the “stay at home” order is in effect.
Eligible unsheltered homeless individuals include those who are 65 and older, pregnant, have a serious chronic health condition such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease, or have a compromised immune system. Homeless individuals who are ill or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 will be housed through a different system. Eligible clients can be referred to temporary hotel and motel housing by calling the HomeConnect hotline at 1-800-498-8847
For additional information about the City of Corona's COVID-19 plan of action for Corona's homeless neighbors, please contact Karen Roper at Karen.Roper@CoronaCA.gov.
City of Corona COVID-19 Quick Links