A Motel 6 in east Vancouver will be used to temporarily house homeless people impacted by COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
On Monday, Clark County entered a $608,880 contract that leases the entire 118-room motel through the end of June. The county will use 116 rooms for housing.
The cost is covered by the $1.1 million that the county received from the Washington State Department of Commerce last month. The agency disbursed $30 million statewide to provide housing and other assistance for homeless people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The rooms at Motel 6 will be used to quarantine those who have contacted someone with COVID-19 or people who have the virus and need a place to recover in isolation.
The Columbian obtained a copy of the contract with Motel 6 through a public records request, which says the county will pay $60 per night per room. It says Motel 6 is responsible for maintenance and habitability of the rooms. It also says the county will enter into a contract with a third party to provide room cleaning services. If the motel needs to do maintenance, the county must relocate guests and sanitize the rooms.