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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance

for Homeless Service Providers

This interim guidance is based on information that has been provided by Federal agencies on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), recommended protocols, and examples of homeless service provider response to delivering services in the wake of the virus. CARES will update this guidance as new information becomes available.

Federal Guidance

HUD: Non-Congregate Approaches to Sheltering for COVID-19 Homeless Response

approaches to shletering during COVID-19

HUD: Directing CoCs to COVID-19 Guidance

CDC: Interim Guidance for Homeless Service Providers to Plan and respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Upcoming HUD Webinars and Office Hours

Join: July 9, 2020 @ 3:00pm - COVID-19 Homeless System Response: Discussion of Equity Products

Past HUD Webinars and Office Hours

View: June 26, 2020 HUD COVID-19 Office Hours recording and slides: Rehousing in the Midst of Jail/Prison Decompression

View: June 19, 2020 - COVID-19 Planning & Response for Homeless Assistance Providers Office Hours

View: All Past HUD SNAPS Webinar and Office Hours Recordings

Additional Resources:

1. HUD: Shelter Management During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

2. HUD: COVID-19 ("CORONAVIRUS") INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

3. HUD SNAPS COVID-19 Infectious Disease Prevention & Response

4. HUD: Eligible ESG Program Costs for Infectious Disease Preparedness

5. HUD: COVID-19: Client Screening and Work Flow Examples

6. CDC: Interim Guidance for Homeless Shelters

7. CDC: Interim Guidance for Responding to CCOVID-19 among Unsheltered Homelessness

8. National Health Care for the Homeless Council: COVID Response

9. HUD: Using Continuum of Care Program Funds for Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response

10. HUD: Infectious Disease Toolkit for CoC's

11. IRS: Collecting the Economic Impact Payment

HMIS

1. HUD: COVID-19 HMIS Setup & Data Sharing Practices

2. HUD: HMIS Privacy & Security Standards & COVID-19 Response

3. HUD: HMIS Project Setup and Inventory Changes During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

CARES HMIS COVID-19 Screening Tool
Foothold has made a Corona Virus Screening Form (view here) available in the AWARDS database, accessed by the following click-path within HMIS: Charts > Services > Individual > Forms > COVID-19 Awareness Screening
CARES has turned on this form for all projects.  To access a paper version of the form click here.

Example Public Notices

State Guidance

OTDA: Guidance for Operators of Facilities Providing Housing to Individuals who are Homeless and Supportive Housing, or Organizations Making Referrals to Such Facilities

Example Public Notices

Examples of Homeless Service Provider Response

Local Program Highlights

Within each Continuum of Care tab you will find public notices from homeless service providers within that geographic area.

If you would like your agency’s public notice regarding programmatic response to COVID-19 to be posted to this page, please email Erin Reale a copy of any updates on agency letterhead.

Southern Tier Entry to Program and Services (STEPS)

If you would like your agency’s public notice regarding programmatic response to COVID-19 to be posted to this page, please email Erin Reale a copy of any updates on agency letterhead.

Albany County Coalition on Homelessness (ACCH)

If you would like your agency’s public notice regarding programmatic response to COVID-19 to be posted to this page, please email Erin Reale a copy of any updates on agency letterhead.

Homeless Services Planning Board (HSPB)

If you would like your agency’s public notice regarding programmatic response to COVID-19 to be posted to this page, please email Erin Reale a copy of any updates on agency letterhead.

Southern Tier Homeless Coalition (STHC)

If you would like your agency’s public notice regarding programmatic response to COVID-19 to be posted to this page, please email Erin Reale a copy of any updates on agency letterhead.

Rensselaer County Homeless Services Collaborative (RCHSC)

If you would like your agency’s public notice regarding programmatic response to COVID-19 to be posted to this page, please email Erin Reale a copy of any updates on agency letterhead.

Columbia Greene Housing Coalition (CGHC)

If you would like your agency’s public notice regarding programmatic response to COVID-19 to be posted to this page, please email Erin Reale a copy of any updates on agency letterhead.

Franklin Essex Housing Coalition (FEHC)

If you would like your agency’s public notice regarding programmatic response to COVID-19 to be posted to this page, please email Erin Reale a copy of any updates on agency letterhead.

Points North Housing Coalition (PNHC)

If you would like your agency’s public notice regarding programmatic response to COVID-19 to be posted to this page, please email Erin Reale a copy of any updates on agency letterhead.

Saratoga North County Continuum of Care (SNC)

If you would like your agency’s public notice regarding programmatic response to COVID-19 to be posted to this page, please email Erin Reale a copy of any updates on agency letterhead.

Rockland County Continuum of Care (RCCC)

If you would like your agency’s public notice regarding programmatic response to COVID-19 to be posted to this page, please email Erin Reale a copy of any updates on agency letterhead.