Project Roomkey Was Meant to Provide Safe Shelter. In Vallejo, At Least 5 People Died in Their Rooms.

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The Hampton Inn in Vallejo, one of the sites where participants in the program stayed. (Scott Morris/Vallejo Sun)

In April 2020, Vallejo became one of the first cities to opt into the state’s Project Roomkey, a program designed to provide hotel rooms for medically vulnerable people without homes during the pandemic. 

The program was touted as a success by city leaders. But reporting from The Vallejo Sun found at least 5 people who participated in the program died in their hotel rooms, including 3 who weren’t found for days. So how did this happen?

Guest: Scott Morris, investigative journalist for The Vallejo Sun

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