More than 15,000 hotels sign up to support healthcare community, officials say

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) announced today that more than 15,000 hotels have signed up for its new initiative, Hospitality for Hope, which identifies hotel properties that have offered to provide temporary housing for emergency and healthcare workers as the COVID-19 public health crisis grows.

While the program will primarily focus on housing for the healthcare community, some hotels could potentially be used as alternative care sites, such as an emergency hospital or place for those quarantined to stay if needed, according to a press release.

The initiative was created to boost collaboration between the hotel industry and local, state and federal governments to help employees, communities across the country, and the industry during this unprecedented health crisis.

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In the short time since the initiative was announced, participation has grown from nearly 6,000 hotels to more than 15,000 properties.

Already, this initiative has identified a total combined 2.3 million rooms located in close proximity to established healthcare facilities, according to the press release.

Chip Rogers, AHLA president and CEO said, “It has been so impressive to see hotel after hotel join this important initiative as a way of giving back to the communities in which they operate. As an industry of people taking care of people, the hotel industry is uniquely positioned to support our communities by caring for the first responders who are on the frontlines of this public health crisis."

Local, state and federal government officials will be able to search willing properties based on geographic location. (Click here for a state-by-state breakdown of the number of hotels signed up).

According to the press release, hotels partnering with local and state officials to offer housing are being reported across the country in cities like Chicago, Dallas, Portland and New Orleans.

“The number of hotels wanting to be part of the program is growing by the hour,” Michael Jacobson, CEO and president of the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association said. “Our hotels are answering the call to action, and they want to be helpful to the city and the state.”

Hotels interested in joining AHLA’s Hospitality for Hope initiative can volunteer HERE.