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COVID-19 Homeless System Response: Paying People with Lived Experience and Expertise


Date Published: June 2022


Creating community models that inclusively acknowledge and value the agency of people with current or former lived experience and expertise (PLEE) across all decision-making aspects is essential, especially as work is done to collectively advance equity and inclusion. As this capacity-building work continues in communities, it is vitally important that PLEE are appropriately compensated for contributing their time, energy, and valuable expertise. Compensation acknowledges and affirms the contributions, addresses inequalities between those who are and those who are not paid to engage in the work, and helps break down barriers to participation.

This document discusses:

  • Approaching conversations about when and how PLEE would like to be paid
  • Compensation considerations
  • Potential funding streams

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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