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COVID-19 Homeless System Response: Engaging Individuals with Lived Expertise


Date Published: August 2021


The concept of "lived expertise" is not new but the importance of it is finally being recognized in the housing field. Engaging people with lived expertise is an urgent and necessary matter as communities grapple with how to create more equitable systems.

This document and the accompanying video provide guidance prepared by people with lived expertise of homelessness who discuss the importance of communities addressing homelessness by collaborating with, hiring, and sharing power with people impacted by this issue in the process.


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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