Resources for Those Experiencing Homelessness
|National Alliance to End Homelessness: Preparing for a coronavirus outbreak is on the minds of many homelessness assistance providers and system leaders, especially how it may impact service delivery. As the field prepares for a potential coronavirus outbreak, resources from partners are now available to help prepare for the impact of COVID-19.|
Housing Provider Resources
|CDC Resources to Support People Experiencing Homelessness: This CDC article includes guidance for people experiencing unsheltered homelessness, steps for homeless and meal providers, and detailed guidance for service providers.|
|Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility: This CDC article lists everyday steps for cleaning, steps when someone is sick, and considerations for employers.|
|Colorado COVID Relief Fund: Grants are available to nonprofit organizations, local government, school districts, and small businesses who are: serving areas of the state with limited nonprofit capacity and/or serving a community need resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. Through this Fund, eligible community-based organizations across Colorado may receive a general operating grant of up to $25,000. Visit their website for more information.|
|Department of Housing and Urban Development: Homelessness Resources Regarding COVID-19: The recent 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. HUD strongly encourages CoCs to contact their local public health departments, Healthcare for the Homeless agencies, and other local health partners to ensure the unique needs and opportunities related to the homeless service system are incorporated in plans to prevent and respond to infectious diseases like COVID-19. To support these partnerships and the vulnerable households served, relevant federal agencies are issuing guidance from subject matter experts on lessons learned from previous response efforts to infectious diseases.|
|HMIS Project Setup and Inventory Changes During an Infectious Disease Outbreak: This document offers information to help Continuum of Care (CoC) and homeless management information system (HMIS) Leadership add, remove or modify projects and bed inventories locally in HMIS as communities respond to infectious disease outbreaks.|
|Infectious Disease Toolkit for CoCs: Continuum of Care (CoC) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funding supports homeless projects throughout the country to assist households move into sustainable housing. This toolkit provides structure and specific examples for planning and responding to influenza, coronavirus, and other infectious diseases. The toolkit consists of three documents that provide information for CoC leadership, homeless service providers, and partners to utilize when planning for and responding to infectious diseases.|
|Interim Guidance for Homeless Service Providers: Persons experiencing homelessness may be at risk for infection during an outbreak of COVID-19. This interim guidance is intended to support response planning by homeless service providers, including overnight emergency shelters, day shelters, and meal service providers.|
|Metro Denver Homeless Initiative - Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Support Request and Fund: To support our partners during this time, the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI) would like to support agencies who utilize the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) in keeping up to date on data entry and ensuring data quality. Applicants may apply for a technology award up to $2,500 for computer hardware to implement HMIS (laptops, scanning equipment, etc.) OR up to $2,500 for data entry support OR may request direct assistance from MDHI. To view eligibility requirements, and to apply, visit this link.|
|Metro Denver Homeless Initiative - Tech Support Funding: To support our partners during this time, the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI) would like to support agencies who are working to house people while navigating office closures, social distancing, and other challenges. Eligible funds include cell phones and chargers for clients, and software to enable remote housing navigation (e.g. Docusign, Adobe Pro, Adobe Acrobat DC, cell phone apps for clients).
Available to MDHI members only. To view other eligibility requirements, and to apply, visit this link.
|National Alliance to End Homelessness: COVID-19 Webinars: Alliance staff and other experts will be discussing various tools, guidance, and strategies relating to how providers and homelessness system leaders can respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This page will be updated as subsequent webinars are conducted. View webinar recordings, slides, and other resources below, and register for COVID-19 webinars.|
|National Healthcare for the Homeless Council: COVID-29 Town Halls: The COVID-19 Town Hall series consists of weekly one-hour sessions with presenters from the HCH front lines bringing health care providers and homeless advocates a chance to hear best practices, ask questions, and engage in discussions on this fast-moving pandemic. To view information on upcoming sessions, and view previous recorded sessions, visit this link.|
|Non-Congregate Approaches to Sheltering for COVID-19 Homeless Response: Continuums of Care considering non-congregate approaches to sheltering people who are homeless that are symptomatic or in high-risk categories, such as seniors or people with chronic illness, should consider the following guidance when designing local approaches. Coordination with public health partners is essential in design, resource investment and
|Protecting Health and Well-being of People in Encampments During an Infectious Disease Outbreak: People who are unsheltered, including those living in encampments during public health emergencies, such as the COVID-19 outbreak, need targeted support to avoid becoming sick and to continue receiving life-sustaining supplies like food and water. Read more and learn how to protect the health of people who remain unsheltered.|
|Questions and Answers for Office of Multi-Family Housing Stakeholders: General Questions and Answers for those organizations and entities involved with the Office of Multifamily Housing. Questions related to the CARES Act, asset management, recapitalization, and rental assistance demonstration, and policy and operations are included in this document.|
|Screening Clients at Entry to Homeless Shelters: This is a simple screening tool that can be used to identify people with symptoms that indicate they might have a respiratory infection. Although not every person who has respiratory infection symptoms will have coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), using this tool during community spread of COVID-19 may help separate those who are more likely to have COVID-19 from the general population at the entry to a homeless shelter or other homeless service programs.
If someone screens positive for symptoms, they should be directed to where they can stay, either within the shelter or at another location, according to a predesignated plan developed with the local Continuum of Care (CoC), public health department, and community leadership.
|Shelter Management During an Infectious Disease Outbreak: A guide to maintaining shelter operations, changing intake protocols, and modifying shelter space and layout during COVID-19.|
|Virtual Case Management Considerations and Resources for Human Services Programs: The urgency and complexity of this situation will require sustained attention and ongoing innovation. As a first step in adopting virtual case management approaches, this document lays out technology and practice considerations, as well as resources. Much of the information compiled is drawn from health care services, which has made considerable progress over the past decade in telehealth. While health care services differ in many ways from human services, telehealth services can provide useful lessons and resources.|