CDFA announced Thursday that Santa Barbara County has joined the administration’s new Housing for the Harvest program.

The state has procured hotel rooms to allow ag employees to self-isolate after being exposed to COVID-19. Community organizations are also providing meals, wellness checks and language assistance.

Fresno and San Joaquin Counties joined the program last week. CDFA plans to eventually expand it statewide. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is reimbursing 75% of the state’s costs.

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“COVID-19 has had a profound impact on our farmworkers and food processors,” said Santa Barbara Public Health Director Van Do-Reynoso. “We rely so much on these essential workers, and the Housing for the Harvest Program will ensure our agricultural community continues to have access to basic needs while staying safe.”