Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that L.A. will add thousands of emergency shelter beds to help get homeless Angelenos indoors more quickly as part of comprehensive efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Mayor highlighted several actions, including:

  • Partnering with the City Council to use $20 million in budget reserve funds on emergency relief efforts

  • Adding 1,600 emergency shelter beds in thirteen City recreation centers by the end of this week, and scaling up to dozens more locations in the coming days with more than 6,000 beds provided by the American Red Cross.

  • Working with the County, LAHSA, and other partners to identify individuals in the homeless population who face the greatest risk from the novel coronavirus.

  • Activating the Disaster Service Worker program, which will place some City employees in temporary roles to assist efforts.