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Specific Considerations for Public Health Authorities to Limit Infection Risk Among People Experiencing Homelessness


Date Published: March 2020


Housing instability and frequent mobility increase the risk of exposure to infectious disease. Limited access to health care services and poor living conditions further compound this risk. As a result, the experience of homelessness may place individuals at greater risk of exposure to a variety of infectious diseases. As jurisdictions consider the impact of disease outbreaks, this document provides information about the important population specific elements to keep in mind for infectious disease response plans at the local level.

A Spanish version, Consideraciones Específicas dirigidas a las Autoridades de la Salud Publica para Limitar los Riesgos de Infección para las Personas Sin Hogar, is also available.

Visit the Disease Risks and Homelessness page on the HUD Exchange for a full list of resources related to COVID-19 infectious disease prevention and response for homeless providers.

The contents of these materials, except when based on statutory or regulatory authority or law, do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. These materials are intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.

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