WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) has launched its ‘Hospitality for Hope’ Initiative to connect hotel properties with the health community to house those facing social isolation.
The newly launched initiative, has identified more than 6,500 properties nationwide located in close proximity to established healthcare facilities ready to assist government efforts and work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Army CORPS of Engineers, local emergency management, and public health agencies to provide access to hotel properties to support first responders who may be in need of temporary housing.
To allow willing hotel properties to connect with federal, state, and local governments, AHLA is working to create a national database at the federal and local levels. Government officials will be able to search willing properties based on geographic location.
“As an industry of people taking care of people, the hotel industry is uniquely positioned to support and help strengthen our communities and first responders who are on the frontlines of dealing with this ongoing public health crisis,” said Chip Rogers, AHLA president and CEO. “Hotels have always been an active member of our local communities, and this time is no different. AHLA, in partnership with our partner state associations, is proud to work on behalf of our member companies to facilitate partnerships with federal, state and local governments to support the health community during this critical time.”
Hotels interested in joining the ‘Hospitality for Hope Initiative’ can volunteer here.
According to AHLA, more than 15,000 hotels have signed up for the initiative already.
“The number of hotels wanting to be part of the program is growing by the hour,” said Michael Jacobson, CEO and president of the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association. “Our hotels are answering the call to action, and they want to be helpful to the city and the state.”