Housing for the Harvest is a program that offers services to agricultural workers who need to isolate due to COVID-19. It helps positive or exposed workers protect their loved ones and coworkers by giving them an opportunity to self-isolate.

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How the program works 

Farm and food processing workers play an essential role in maintaining our food supply. But some who need to self-isolate are finding it difficult due to their housing situation.

The State offers in-home or in-hotel quarantine options in participating counties for workers who need to self-isolate for up to 14 days. The State coordinates with local administrators who manage the program.

Local administrators:

  • Serve as primary point of contact with workers who need isolation housing 
  • Verify participant eligibility
  • Coordinate with the State to book rooms if that is preferred
  • Provide services including transportation, meals and wellness checks
  • Ensure services are provided in the participant’s language, and
  • Collect data required for FEMA reimbursement
  • Provide financial assistance for those quarantining

Local administrators are identified in coordination with the State government. They may be a county or city agency, tribe, non-profit organization, or a philanthropic organization.  

Who qualifies

Participants must meet these criteria:

  • 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, if requesting a hotel room 

How to get a hotel room

Participate in Housing for the Harvest by contacting the administrator for your county:

More counties may be added to the program.

Where the program is available

The program is offered in the 14 counties listed above.   

How your county or organization can participate

If your county or organization would like to be a local administrator, please contact HousingforHarvest@dss.ca.gov. See more details in this Program Overview.

Funding and program costs

California has received FEMA approval for non-congregate sheltering during the public health crisis.

The State will seek reimbursement for hotel costs for this program at 75% federal cost share.

State funding will cover eligible costs for transportation, meals, wellness checks and any other services for in-home and in-hotel quarantining through an agreement with the county. Philanthropy may cover additional costs. Some costs may be eligible for FEMA reimbursement by the county.