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California homeless quarantine in hotels, more rooms needed


Last updated 5/17/2020 at 3:21pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Anxiety mounted every time someone at the homeless shelter sneezed or residents got too close. For Matthew Padilla, a 34-year-old with a pacemaker and asthma, catching the novel coronavirus would likely mean death.

So he jumped at the chance to move into a hotel room for free as part of a new California program. Within days, he and his husband, Nito, were in a room near Los Angeles' Koreatown, where meals are delivered along with health screenings.

"At the shelter I was constantly getting up, checking on him," said Nito Padilla, 36. "And here I know he's safe. I know he...

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