The Oroville Harvest Shelter (The Shelter) provides seasonal farmworker housing to up to 90 H-2A and domestic farmworkers. The H-2A program allows U.S. agricultural employers who anticipate a shortage of domestic to bring foreign workers into the U.S. to perform seasonal agricultural labor.
Oroville Harvest Shelter 2020
On May 13, 2020, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) in conjunction with the Department of Health responded to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic by adopting WAC 246-358-002-Temporary worker housing. This new section is to protect occupants from COVID-19 hazards in licensed temporary worker housing.
These new rules significantly reduced the occupancy of the season farm worker housing. Currently, there are beds available at the Oroville Harvest Shelter.
Due to the requirements of the new rules, the Oroville Housing Authority is unable to take walk-ins this season. All workers must be employed with a grower who will be responsible for the following:
- Provide each worker with a thermometer or a trained designee to perform daily temperature checks of all occupants
- Provide worker transportation to a medical facility for any medical evaluation.
- Contact the Okanogan County Community Action Council for offsite isolation housing if occupant requires isolation or to be quarantine, or provide alternative housing which meets Department of Health requirements.
- Monitor the worker’s medical status
- Provide an adequate supply of EPA approved disinfectant or diluted bleach solution, clean sponges, and / or disinfectant wipes for frequent cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces in the sleeping trailers.
This is the lease addendum the grower will need to sign to house a worker.