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Monterey Co Expands Farmworker Housing 10-15-20 17:22 DC

To help more COVID-19 patients safely isolate, Monterey County is expanding its farmworker housing program.

Monterey County’s “Housing for the Harvest” sheltering program is state-funded but has its roots in the Salinas Valley. The program provides hotel rooms and care to farmworkers who test positive for COVID-19 or who are exposed to the virus.

The state first introduced the program this summer modeling it after a housing program the local Grower-Shipper Association had founded six months earlier.

Monterey County has recorded more than 10,000 cases of COVID-19 and more than 2,500 of those who have gotten sick have been farm workers. So far more than 350 ag workers have been housed through the program.

Eligibility for Housing for the Harvest

  • Work in California food processing or agriculture
  • Meet FEMA non-congregate sheltering criteria for COVID-19
  • Have tested positive, or been exposed as documented by a public health official or medical health professional
  • Be unable to self-isolate at home


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