COVID-19: The Latest Guidance and Resources for Homelessness Services

COVID-19 Guidance and Resources

Homelessness services systems should be working closely with their city and county governments and public health systems to prepare for COVID-19 disease outbreaks among people experiencing homelessness.

NEW: Information on Economic Impact Payments  USICH (April 2021)  

NEW: Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19  CDC (March 2021) 

NEW: Biden-Harris Administration Extends Moratorium on Residential Evictions in USDA Multifamily Housing Communities in Accordance with CDC Guidance  USDA (March 2021) 

NEWLY UPDATED: Interim Guidance for SARS-CoV-2 Testing in Homeless Shelters and Encampments  CDC (March 2021) 

NEWLY UPDATED: FAQ: COVID-19 Vaccination for People Experiencing Homelessness  CDC (March 2021) 

NEW: FEMA Statement on 100% Cost Share  FEMA (February 2021)   

NEW: Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance Program Webpage and Frequently Asked Questions  Treasury (February 2021) 

CDC Guidance 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed recommendations for homelessness services systems and providers about how to protect their staff, clients, and guests. Those recommendations fall into three groups: Plan, Act, and Follow-Up.


Community Planning and Preparedness


Site-Specific Emergency Operations

Client Support and Care

For a curated list of key resources on client support and care, please see National Health Care for the Homeless Council’s COVID-19 resources.

Funding, Flexibilities, and Waivers

For more information on the links below, please see our dedicated page COVID-19 Funding, Flexibilities and Waivers.

Other Considerations

Community Examples

For more community examples, see either NAEH's Coronavirus and Homelessness resource collection or Community Solutions' curated web portal. USICH does not endorse the resources found on those pages.


Community Planning