Get HUD Exchange Updates: Get critical deadlines, policy changes, and upcoming trainings in your inbox.

COVID-19 Resource Digest for Homeless Providers – March 2, 2021

March 02, 2021 Print ShareThis

The emergence of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) calls for enhanced cooperation between public health authorities, homeless service systems, and other partners at the local level. To support these partnerships and the vulnerable households served, HUD and its partners are issuing guidance from subject matter experts on best practices and lessons learned.

This digest contains recently published resources from HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) and its national, state, and local partners.

HUD Resources

Author and Website Description and Key Resources

SNAPS Disease Risks and Homelessness

Check the HUD Exchange page for frequent updates and resources from HUD, including the Infectious Disease Toolkit for CoCs.

NewNew Resources:

Spanish Translations

Upcoming Office Hours

Other HUD Program Coronavirus Resources

View resources from other HUD programs:

Federal Agency Resources

Author and Website Description and Key Resources

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH): COVID-19 Resources

Best practice examples developed by Seattle-King County, WA and Los Angeles, CA, as well as a collection of national resources.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): COVID-19 and Homeless Shelters Guidance

Key Resources Include:

On-site Guidance and Tools for Shelters and Alternate Care Facilities:

Community Planning and Coordination:

Overall CDC Guidelines, News, and FAQs:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): COVID-19 Response

A collection of federal guidance, news, and responses to COVID-19.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates

A collection of federal guidance, news, and responses to COVID-19 including TANF-ACF-PI-2020-01 (Questions and answers about TANF and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic).

Key Resources:

U.S. Department of Treasury: CARES Act Web Portal

This portal will capture and share information on applications and timelines associated with the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund. Treasury will make payments from the Fund to states and eligible units of local government. Eligible governments must submit completed payment materials no later than 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, April 17, 2020.

U.S. Department of Labor: Coronavirus Resources

Resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus, including information about COVID-19 Dislocated Worker Grants.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): COVID-19 Response

A collection of federal guidance, news, and responses to COVID-19.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments

Tax guidance for taxpayers, businesses, tax-exempt organizations and others – including health plans – affected by COVID-19.

Key Resources:

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA): COVID-19 Resources

Guidance from the VA on coronavirus and homelessness including a collection of national resources.

Administration for Children and Families (ACF): COVID-19 Response & Resources

Offering a National Listening Session Series: Preventing and Responding to Child Trafficking During COVID-19.

NIH: Homelessness and the Response to Emerging Infections Disease Outbreaks: Lessons from SARS

A study from the Journal of Urban Health.

National Partner Resources

Author and Website Description and Key Resources

National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC): COVID-19 Resources

Guidance on COVID-19 for homeless shelters and the NHCHC community, as well as a collection of national, state, and local resources.

NewNew Resource:

Key Resources:

Corporation for Sustainable Housing (CSH): COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 resources focused on centering equity in times of crisis and uncertainty.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP): Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Information on reporting discrimination, equity considerations, and other resources for Coronavirus.

National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC): Coronavirus and Housing/Homelessness

A collection of resources, including upcoming and past webinars, congressional recommendations, national updates, state actions, local news, and federal guidance.

Other Key Resources:

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: COVID-19 Responses & Resources

Guidance from The National Academies on coronavirus, including a collection of national resources.

National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH): Coronavirus and Homelessness

Guidance from NAEH on coronavirus and homelessness, including a collection of national resources. Access the COVID-19 Online Learning Series.

National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH): COVID-19 Resources

Guidance from NCH on coronavirus and homelessness including a collection of national resources.

National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV): COVID-19 Resources

Guidance from NNEDV on coronavirus and homelessness including a collection of national resources.

National League of Cities (NLC): Resources for Local Leaders

Guidance from NLC on coronavirus and homelessness including a collection of national resources.

National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE): COVID-19 Resources

Guidance from NCHE on coronavirus and homelessness including a collection of national resources.

Mental Health America: Mental Health and COVID-19 – Information and Resources

A range of resources and information from Mental Health America to aid individuals and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Disaster Response Rehousing

A range of resources to provide communities with the information they need to rebuild their homeless responses systems in the wake of disasters, including:

GovTech: A Resource Guide to Coronavirus for Government Leaders

A collection of federal, state, and local guidance and responses to COVID-19.

Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security: COVID-19 Resources

Guidance from John Hopkins Center for Health Security on coronavirus and homelessness including a collection of national resources.

National Governors Association: Steps states have taken to address Coronavirus

Search for updated coronavirus resources available by state.

SchoolHouse Connection: COVID-19 and Homelessness - Strategies for Schools, Early Learning Programs, and Higher Education Institutions

This page offers resources to help meet the needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness, who are exceptionally vulnerable as COVID-19 disrupts education, services, and life across the country.

Policy Research Associates (PRA): Release to What? Behavioral Health-Based Strategies to Address COVID-19

This report provides a series of recommendations for jails and prisons releasing individuals with complex mental health needs, substance use disorders, and medical and housing vulnerabilities to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA): Hotel – Hospital COVID-19 Response Playbook

This document provides guidance for converting a hotel to and from operating as an alternative care site and operating guidance for a hotel acting as an alternate care site.

National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP): States Engage Community Health Workers to Combat COVID-19 and Health Inequities

This article provides information on how states are bolstering their community health workforces to curb COVID-19 and improve the quality of care delivered to communities that have faced decades of discrimination.

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center

Builds the preparedness capacity (including prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts) of schools, school districts, and their community partners at the local, state, and Federal levels.

Co-Sheltering Collaborative: COVID-19 Guidelines for Co-Sheltering Environments

Provides guidance for co-sheltering environments during the COVID-19 crisis.

State and Local Partner Resources

State Resource Description and Key Resources


State of California: COVID-19 Systemwide Protocol for People Experiencing Homelessness Recommended approach and flowchart protocol for COVID-19 response for individuals experiencing homelessness.

Street Sheet: What if you can’t stay home? COVID-19 Recommendations from the Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco

Recommendations for those who can’t stay home.

San Francisco Interim Guidance for Safe Sleeping Villages to Reduce the Risk of COVID-19

Preliminary guidance developed by the San Francisco Department of Public Health for homeless service providers setting up and operating Safe Sleeping Villages.

San Francisco Interim Guidance for Safe Sleeping for Unsheltered Persons Experiencing Homelessness to Reduce the Risk of COVID-19

Preliminary guidance developed by the San Francisco Department of Public Health for street based outreach workers and Healthy Streets Operation Center (HSOC) staff, and police assessing locations where people experiencing homeless are living on the streets during shelter in place.

Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless (ACHCH)

COVID-19 guidance from ACHCH, including:

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

COVID-19 guidance from the Los Angeles Department of Health, including:

City of San Jose: COVID-19 Assistance for Homeless Community

Outlines steps taken in San Jose to mitigate the impact COVID-19 could have on homeless individuals and families.

Nevada County: Coronavirus Guidance for Homeless Providers

Nevada County's Homeless Plan for COVID-19 and other resources.


State of Hawaii Behavioral Health & Homelessness Statewide Unified Response Group

COVID-19 guidance for behavioral health and homelessness care providers in Hawaii.


Chicago Illinois Heartland Alliance: COVID Homeless Screener with Temperature and Screening Supply List

COVID-19 screening questionnaire for homeless shelters.


Massachusetts Department of Public Health: COVID-19 and Homelessness: The Massachusetts Response

Guidance on the response to COVID-19 in Massachusetts for homeless shelters.

New York

COVID-19: Guidance for Congregate Settings

Interim guidance for congregate settings, including homeless shelters, in New York City.

North Carolina

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services: COVID-19 Guidance for Homeless Shelters and Housing Providers

Interim guidance for homeless shelters in North Carolina.


Interim Guidance on COVID-19 for Member Domestic Violence Programs

Interim guidance for Ohio’s domestic violence programs during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as of Sunday, March 22.

Guidelines for Establishing Hotel/Motels as Isolation, Quarantine, Respite or Emergency Shelters

Ohio Balance of State guidance intended to help communities establish non-congregate options using hotel/motel settings during the COVID-19 crisis.


Texas Health and Human Services: COVID-19 Communication Tools

Communications and media tools for spreading awareness about COVID-19 in Texas.


Seattle Downtown Emergency Service Center: COVID-19 Updates

Preparation and actions from Seattle Downtown Emergency Service Center.

Tags: COVID-19 CoC ESG