for Housing Evacuees and Emergency Contractors; AH&LA Leads
Program to Provide 250,000 Guestrooms
|September 7, 2005 - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is requesting
AH&LA to secure blocks of rooms for housing of evacuees and emergency
contractors. Evacuees are currently in hotels in 42 states and 250 shelters,
and approximately 17,000 American Red Cross staff and volunteers are in
place. Department of Homeland Security estimates that an additional 250,000
guestrooms are needed. Hotels in the affected areas will be given priority
for restoring services so they can house staff and emergency workers.
Department of Homeland Security is first seeking contracts with hotels within a large concentric circle of the affected area. Hotels should be willing to commit to a large block of rooms or even an entire hotel, so that evacuees can be administratively managed and access appropriate resources via FEMA. Hotels should either have kitchenettes or be able to provide 3 meals per day. Where this is not possible, FEMA will coordinate with local shelters or restaurants to provide meal vouchers. Housekeeping services can be weekly and other amenities can be excluded as deemed appropriate by the hotel.
Contracts will extend for 6 months, with possible renewal for an additional 6 months to a maximum of 18 months. Compensation, probably a per diem or lease rate based on established fair market rental rates within each state and county, will be paid to the hotel, but exact amount will be determined before contracts are signed.
AH&LA has created a form to collect information requested by Department
of Homeland Security regarding guestroom availability. Please click
here to complete the form. It is important that we receive this information
as soon as possible.