Homeless Service Updates

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The City of Ventura continues to work closely with Ventura County Public Health Officials to monitor the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we’d like to share with residents what is being done to ensure that our homeless population is being served for both the health of the individual and to mitigate any type of community transmission.

Given that individuals who are homeless tend to be more medically vulnerable and are at a higher risk for contracting a more severe version of COVID-19, services will continue to be provided on a regular basis.

  • Backpack Medicine, a Ventura County team which brings medical care to the county’s homeless residents on a regular basis, will assist with triaging any sheltered or unsheltered homeless person who may be showing symptoms of COVID-19. Doctors and nurses can be dispatched once contacted at 805-515-6940. They will operate during regular business hours and will go out to where the homeless person is residing. Anyone with symptoms after hours is encouraged to call 9-1-1. If one case of COVID-19 is found in the county’s homeless population, the team will shift to 24-hours on call. Please review their self-quarantine guide.
  • Working with the County Emergency Response team and partner agencies, individuals who meet the State and CDC high-risk criteria, will be placed in motel rooms. This includes people staying in emergency shelters as well as those living on the streets.

  • Urgent Care is available after hours for homeless individuals. View locations.

  • The ARCH, the City/County permanent homeless shelter, Situational Response Plan for COVID-19.