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

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

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

approaches to shletering during COVID-19

HUD: Infectious Disease Toolkit for CoC's

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

Participate/Watch:

Register: March 31, 2020 USICH COVID-19 Webinar: Reinforcing the Homelessness Crisis Response System - Lessons Learned from Seattle and King County

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) will post the recording of the 3/31/2020 webinar on http://www.usich.gov/covid-19 by the end of the day on March 31.

View: March 20, 2020 Office Hours recording and slides on the HUD Exchange

View: March 13, 2020 Office Hours recording and slides on the HUD Exchange

View: March 10, 2020 HUD webinar - Infectious Disease Preparedness for Homeless Assistance Providers and Their Partners

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 Triage Tool: Atlanta, GA

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

HMIS

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

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

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

Click here to contribute to the Capital Region Homeless Coalition COVID-19 Fund

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.

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