COVID-19 Response 

COVID-19 Response

There are many resources circulating to support homeless service providers and systems respond to COVID-19. The following is a regularly-updated collection of key resources, emerging and recommended practices, and templates. It contains both memos and guides created by Homebase, and a Homebase curated set of resources from over 900 sources.

 

The guide is not meant to be exhaustive but instead focuses on essential materials most useful to those working to prevent the spread of COVID-19, protect the safety of staff and people experiencing homelessness, and prevent people from becoming homeless as a result of the outbreak. 

Got questions or see something missing? Please let us know.

This section contains memos and guides created by Homebase combining the best information from multiple sources on a single topic.

This section contains our curated COVID-19 resource guide, updated twice daily, pulling together the most useful materials in supporting communities addressing homelessness during the pandemic.

Homebase Memos and Guides

 

Homebase Guide to Key Resources

Updated 10/17/20

Using New and Existing Funding to Respond to COVID-19

Updated 10/17/20

CPD Waivers for CoC, ESG, HOPWA and Con Plan Regulatory Requirements

Updated 5/27/20

Anti-Eviction Measures to Prevent Homelessness and Reduce Transmission 

Updated 10/17/20

California COVID-19 Emergency Homelessness Funding Summary

Updated 6/4/20

How are CoCs Expanding Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation Capacity?

Updated 10/17/20

How are Communities Approaching COVID-19 Screening and Referral?

Updated 10/17/20

Supporting Food Access During COVID-19

Updated 10/17/2020

Providing Care and Reducing Harm for Persons Using Substances During COVID-19

Updated 10/17/20

Working With People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness

Updated 5/26/20

Remote Service Delivery During the COVID-19 Outbreak 

Updated 10/17/20

Considerations at the Intersection of the Homeless, Housing and Criminal Justice Systems

Updated 9/4/20

ESG-CV NOFA Summary for CA Communities

Updated 6/4/20

Integrating Equity in the Time of COVID

Updated 10/17/20

California Homekey NOFA Summary

Updated 7/18/20

ESG-CV Notice Summary

Updated 9/8/20

Curated COVID-19 Resources

Homebase continues to update our curated Online Resource Guide twice daily, with the COVID-19 resources most useful in supporting communities addressing homelessness during the pandemic. We have reviewed over 300 resources so far and you can find our top picks here at the links below.

 

What is Now and What is Next


Homebase Guide to Key Resources [Updated 10/17/20]: This document synthesizes content from key resources, updated on an ongoing basis Checklist for Homeless Service Providers During Community Re-opening (CDC) [Updated 5/26/2020]: Important considerations for continuing to serve and protect persons experiencing homelessness as communities reopen Disaster Response Rehousing [Updated 6/8/20]: Information for communities on how to rebuild their homeless response system and enhance rehousing efforts in the wake of the initial COVID-19 outbreak From Hotel to Home (CSH) [Updated 6/11/2020]: Key Considerations for States and local jurisdictions exploring hotel/motel acquisitions as a housing strategy for people exiting COVID-19 shelters Emergency Rental Assistance Programs in Response to COVID-19 (NLIHC) [Updated 11/9/20]: Information on characteristics and funding streams for developing emergency rental assistance programs to support people at risk of experiencing homelessness to maintain housing stability High Acuity: Transition from Short-term to Long-term Subsidy (HUD) [Updated 8/14/20]: Guidance on transitioning high acuity clients to long-term subsdized housing from rapid re-housing Responding to COVID-19: Conversations with Homeless System Leaders (NAEH) [Updated 8/27/20]: Promising practices shared by homeless system leaders for ensuring healthy conditions, increasing housing placements, data collection, staffing and partnerships for persons experiencing homelessness COVID-19 Homeless System Response: Shallow Rental Subsidies (HUD) [Updated 9/4/20]: Information on financing options for the development and implementation of shallow rental subsidy programs in response to COVID-19 COVID-19 Homeless System Response: Designing a Centralized Rent Administration Program (HUD) [Updated 9/4/20]: Strategies for establishing centralized rent administration program to support rental assistance programs in communities during COVID-19 Landlord Engagement: Reset your Community’s Critical Partnerships During COVID Response (HUD) [Updated 5/13/20]: Guidance on for CoC and ESG recipients working with landlords and property owners to house people experiencing homelessness Rehousing and Coordinated Investment Planning Tool (HUD) [Updated10/6/20]: Framework for communities to define and quantify their need for housing supports and services in light of the COVID-19 pandemic Rapid Rehousing Ramp-Up (HUD) [Updated 10/6/20]: Information on ramping up RRH efforts in order to effectively respond to need during the COVID-19 crisis Framework for Enhancing Safety in Your Homeless Response System (HUD) [Updated 10/26/20]: Ongoing, comprehensive, and adaptable strategies for enhancing the safety of programs for persons experiencing homelessness to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission Primer on Serving People with High-Acuity Needs (HUD) [Updated 11/9/20]: Information on serving high-acuity populations during COVID-19, including staffing models and service approaches Winter Planning Resources (HUD) [Updated 11/9/20]: Suite of resources on how to provide safe, effective winter sheltering options during COVID-19




Working with People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness


Homebase Guide on Working with People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness [Updated 5/26/20]: An outline of general policies and protocols, social distancing, hygiene and sanitation, supportive services, and communication Homebase Memo on Encampment Sweep Moratoriums and CDC Guidance [Updated 10/17/20]: A summary of recommendations to cease encampment sweeps during the COVID-19 outbreak Protecting Health and Well-being of People in Encampments During an Infectious Disease Outbreak (HUD) [Updated 3/31/20]: Information on providing health and safety options and meaningful choices to people residing encampments during the COVID-19 outbreak Pandemic Handbook for Outreach Workers Visiting Encampments (Neighborhood Health) [Updated 4/21/20]: Comprehensive example of policies for keeping outreach workers safe and conducting meaningful outreach to encampments during COVID-19




General Guidance for Site-Based Programs


Remote Service Delivery During the COVID-19 Outbreak (Homebase) [Updated 10/17/20]: This memo provides guidance on key considerations for remote service delivery for providers of homeless services, including case management, home visits, and apartment search Homebase Guide to Supporting Food Access During COVID-19 [Updated 5/12/20]: Systemic approaches, including resources and strategies, to increase food access among persons experiencing unsheltered homelessness as well as those in temporary or permanent housing Sanitation Considerations [Updated 4/15/20]: Recommendations on housekeeping, staff and client education, and medical waste disposal as well as daily sanitation checklists Staffing Models and Considerations [Updated 4/7/20]: Identifying and filling staffing needs and examples of staffing models for existing and new programs Front Line Staff Training Resources [Updated 7/17/20]: A list of training resources targeted to staff providing direct services and focused on managing and slowing spread of COVID-19, sanitation, use of PPE, and caring for symptomatic persons COVID-19: Shelter Management During an Infectious Disease Outbreak (HUD) [Updated 3/24/20]: Adaptive guidance for emergency shelters Sheltering in COVID-19 Affected Areas Training (American Red Cross) [Updated 7/6/20]: Comprehensive overview of necessary changes to normal shelter operations in order to provide a safe and effective shelter during the COVID-19 outbreak COVID-19 Guidance for Supportive Housing Providers (CSH) [Updated 4/1/20]: Guidance and considerations for supportive housing providers on home visits, case management, staff training and capacity, and operating congregate programs during the COVID-19 outbreak Planning for COVID-19 Hospitalizations (CSH) [Updated 4/14/20]: Summary of staff roles and key recommendations for tenants in supportive housing who have symptoms severe enough to require hospitalization Landlord Tool-Kit for Responding to COVID-19 Impacted Tenants (Housing Alliance of PA) [Updated 5/5/20]: Sample toolkit for landlords to communicate with low-income tenants during COVID-19, including strategies for working with tenants who are unable to pay rent Case Management Ratios (HUD) [Updated 8/14/20]: Best practice information on staff-to-client case management ratios to support housing stability




Establishing Quarantine and Isolation


Homebase Guide: How are communities approaching COVID-19 screening and referral of persons experiencing homelessness? [Updated 10/17/20]: An outline of steps to establish screening protocols, design and implement referral workflows, and leverage HMIS Homebase Guide: How are CoCs expanding their social distancing, quarantine, and isolation capacity during the COVID-19 outbreak? [Updated 10/17/20]: This document provides a list of potential venues for temporary shelter and isolation/quarantine space as well as considerations to keep in mind while identifying facilities Non-Congregate Sheltering – Recommendations for Requests for Assistance (HUD) [Updated 6/29/20]: Information to support governments in developing a non-congregate sheltering authorization request for FEMA Public Assistance Flow Chart: COVID-19 Recommended Protocol for People Experiencing Homelessness (CDPH) [Updated 3/30/20]: Clear protocol for screening individuals experiencing homelessness for COVID-19 and making connections to appropriate treatment and shelter options Screening, Triage, and Referral Strategy [Updated 4/7/20]: Recommendations based on various levels of collaboration among CoC and public health Shelter and Temporary Housing Models to be Considered in COVID-19 Response Efforts [Updated 5/6/20]: Recommendations for determining and prioritizing shelter and temporary housing sites, guidance for congregate and non-congregate settings, policy and procedure checklists, MOU considerations, insurance considerations, and recommendations for leasing agreements and contracts with hotels ​​ Non-Congregate Approaches to Sheltering for COVID-19 Homeless Response (HUD) [Updated 3/30/20]: Guidance on 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 Transportation Approaches [Updated 4/15/20]: Recommendations for transportation of symptomatic persons Guidance on Leasing of Hotels by Governmental Entities for Use as Temporary Shelters for Quarantining of Homeless Persons During the COVID-19 Pandemic (NLCHP) [Updated 4/20/20]: Practical advice for utilizing private hotel rooms to provide safe shelter, quarantine and isolation spaces for persons experiencing homelessness Operation Comfort: Alameda County Emergency Hotel Shelter Handbook (DRAFT) [Updated 3/30/20]: Comprehensive example from Alameda County of policies and procedures for connecting clients to isolation sites operated in hotels and motels. Please note this is an evolving document based on community learning Medical Respite Care & Alternate Care Sites (NHCHC) [Updated 5/2/20]: Operational framework for improving the quality of medical respite care at alternate care sites and promoting longer-term stability for persons experiencing homelessness Discontinuation of Isolation for Persons with COVID -19 Not in Healthcare Settings (CDC) [Updated 5/3/20]: Considerations for ending isolation for persons with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 not in health care settings, including at home, in a hotel or dormitory room, or in a group isolation facility Support Plan for Clients in Quarantine Hotels (CSH) [Updated 5/22/20]: Template for creating a support plan to for triage, interventions, management and discharge of clients in quarantine hotels Supporting Individuals Exiting Isolation or Quarantine [Updated 6/18/20]: Considerations for re-housing and supporting client success when discharging individuals from quarantine or isolation Strategies for Proactive Universal Testing (NHCHC) [Updated 7/10/20]: Lessons learned and strategies for conducting successful universal testing events among homeless populations




Supporting Special Populations Experiencing Homelessness


Homebase Memo - Considerations at the Intersection of the Homeless, Housing and Criminal Justice Systems: Supporting Stable Housing Upon Reentry for Justice Involved Persons [Updated 9/4/2020]: Action Steps for cross-system collaboration to prevent homelessness and housing instability for people in reentry Homebase Memo on Providing Care and Reducing Harm for Persons Using Substances during COVID-19 [Updated 7/17/20]: Summary of guidance on implementing harm reduction strategies, overdose prevention, and continuing care for persons using substance during the COVID-19 outbreak Reducing Harm for People Using Drugs & Alcohol During the COVID-19 Pandemic - A Guide for Alternate Care Sites Programs (NHCHC) [Updated 4/30/20]: Guidance for local government officials and alternate care sites for serving individuals with substance use disorders in isolation and quarantine Safer Drug Use During the COVID-19 Outbreak (Harm Reduction Coalition) [Updated 3/30/20]: Guidance on reducing harm when working with people using substances during the pandemic Federal Response to COVID-19: Department of Veterans Affairs (CRS) [Updated 5/1/20]: Summary of the VA's response to the COVID-19 outbreak among Veterans, including medical care, programs for Veterans experiencing homelessness, and VA benefits Interim Guidance for COVID-19 and Persons with HIV (NIH) [Updated 6/29/20]: Review of special considerations for persons with HIV and their health care providers in the United States regarding COVID-19 COVID-19 in Correctional Settings: Immediate Population Reduction Recommendations (UCSF) [Updated 4/2/20]: Provides guidance on immediate steps communities can take to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread among persons in correctional facilities. Responding to the Novel Coronavirus: Guidance for Advocates and Domestic Violence Shelters [Updated 4/1/20]: Guidance for domestic violence service providers on how to best serve survivors of domestic violence during the COVID-19 outbreak COVID-19 Guidance for Working with Families in Supportive Housing (CSH) [Updated 4/7/20]: Considerations on addressing the distinct needs of families with children in supportive housing during the COVID-19 outbreak National Guidance on Emergency Homeless Services for Youth and Young Adults (AWHA) [Updated 4/21/20]: Guide to leveraging federal ESG funding in support of youth experiencing homelessness as part of a local COVID-19 response Frequently Asked Questions: Eligibility for Assistance Based on Immigration Status (NLIHC) [Updated 5/7/20]: Information about eligibility for different government assistance programs during COVID-19 based on immigration status Justice Partnerships and Reentry Solutions (HUD) [Updated 8/14/20]: Information on partnerships between CoCs, ESG recipients, and justice partners to establish a connection between reentry and rehousing efforts Supporting Academic Success and Safety for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness During the COVID-19 Pandemic (NAEH) [Updated 8/27/20]: Guidance to support both academic success and safety of children and youth experiencing homelessness during the pandemic Special Population Rehousing Strategy: Family Violence (HUD) [Updated 8/28/20]: Important considerations for rehousing survivors of domestic violence (DV), dating violence, sexual assault (SA), and stalking during COVID-19 response Special Population Rehousing Strategy: Youth (HUD) [Updated 8/28/20]: Consideration for rehousing youth and young adults as a critical component of a community's COVID-19 response




Coordinated Entry, HMIS, and Sharing Information


COVID-19 HMIS Setup and Data Sharing Practices (HUD) [Updated 3/27/20]: Information to help CoCs create an action plan for recording and communicating data around COVID-19 and homelessness for their community HMIS Privacy and Security Standards and COVID-19 Response (HUD) [Updated 3/31/20]: This document provides guidance for communities on the ways and limitations that participant information can be shared under the HUD’s HMIS Privacy and Security Standards during their COVID-19 response HMIS Project Setup and Inventory Changes During an Infectious Disease Outbreak [Updated 4/13/20]: Information to help CoC and HMIS leadership add, remove or modify projects and bed inventories locally in HMIS in response to COVID-19 COVID-19 HMIS Workflow: Symptom and Shelter Screening (HUD) [Updated 4/22/20]: Community example of HMIS implementation during COVID-19, including data collection, data entry, and dashboard design Changes to Coordinated Entry Prioritization to Support and Respond to COVID-19 (HUD) [Updated 5/8/20]: Ideas on ways to adapt workflow, intake, assessment, and service approaches through Coordinated Entry for COVID-19 response Disaster Response Re-Housing: Coordinated Entry System [Updated 6/29/20]: Information and examples to enhance Coordinated Entry System operations and practices to support rehousing during COVID-19 response Rapid Expansion of HMIS: Things to Consider [Updated 7/10/20]: Considerations for HMIS capacity and data collection during COVID-19 response and recovery Public Housing Authority Data Sharing Agreements (HUD) [Updated 8/6/20]: Information on how PHAs, CoCs, and their strategic partners can prepare to enter a data sharing agreement and collaborate more effectively Leveraging Integrated Data to Support and Enhance COVID-19 Responses (HUD) [Updated 8/6/20]: Brief outlining the elements of successful data integration projects as well as community examples Connecting Quarantine to Coordinated Entry: Mainstream Resources (HUD) [Updated 8/10/20]: Discussion of effective methods to connect participants in quarantine with mainstream resources through Coordinated Entry COVID-19 Homeless System Response: HMIS Budget and Staffing (HUD) [Updated 9/4/20]: Key budgeting and staffing considerations for prioritizing HMIS funding using ESG-CV ESG-CV Reporting Guidance (HUD) [Updated 11/9/20]: Information on quarterly reporting requirements and best practices for ESG-CV funding




Funding: Using New and Existing Funding to Respond to COVID-19


Summary of ESG Program Waivers and Alternative Requirements (HUD) [Updated 11/9/20]: Easy to use, itemized list of all waivers and alternative requirements currently in effect for the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program ESG-CV Notice Summary [Updated 9/8/2020]: A summary of HUD's ESG-CV Notice, which details waivers and alternative requirements applicable to ESG-CV funds Grants Management: ESG-CV Summary Notice (HUD) [Updated10/6/20]: Summary of ESG-CV Notice applicability, eligible activities, important dates, means of carrying out grant activities, and flexibilities Homebase Guide to Using New and Existing Funding to Respond to COVID-19 [Updated 10/17/20]: This surveying document introduces various funding sources, how to access them, some eligible activities, issues, and publicly available information Homebase Memo on CPD Waivers for CoC, ESG, HOPWA and Con Plan Regulatory Requirements [Updated 4/27/20]: Summary of HUD's "Mega-Waiver," which offers waivers for many regulatory requirements of CoC, ESG, and HOPWA funds to allow programs increased flexibility in responding to COVID-19 [Updated 4/2/20] How to Fund COVID-19 Homelessness Responses with CARES Act Funding (NAEH) [Updated 8/4/20]: Matrix for prioritizing funding among the different strategic interventions and potential uses of CARES act funding Economic Impact Payment: Summary & Decision Tree (Homebase) [Updated 4/27/20]: This document provides guidance on who is eligible for Economic Stimulus Payments and how to obtain them Flexibilities/Waivers Granted by the CARES Act + Mega Waiver and Guidance (HUD) [Updated 6/29/20]: Consolidated information on all flexibilities and waivers granted for HUD CPD Programs in response to COVID-19 Federal Programs that Support Individuals Experiencing Homelessness (USICH) [Updated 4/21/20]: Summary of federal agencies supporting persons experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 outbreak and a federal funding matrix that may be utilized to help federal, state, and local funding to meet short- and long-term needs. COVID-19 Homeless System Response: Developing Your Funding Strategy [Updated 4/17/20]: Guidance on maximizing utilization of new and existing funding sources in a strategic way to respond to COVID-19 CPD Program CARES Act Supplemental Funding for FY 2020 (HUD) [Updated 6/9/2020]: Information by grantee on CARES Act Supplemental Funding allocations for CDBG, ESG, and HOPWA (via downloadable spreadsheet) Setting Up a Substantial Amendment for CARES Act Funding (HUD) [Updated 5/11/2020]: Guide for CARES Act Substantial amendment process in order to incorporate CDBG-CV, ESG-CV, and HOPWA-CV funding into a grantee’s most recent Annual Action Plan CoC Program Expedited COVID-19 Grant Agreement Amendments (HUD) [Updated 4/21/20]: Information on amending CoC Program recipient grant agreements through an expedited process for COVID-19 response Using Continuum of Care Program Funds for Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response (HUD) [Updated 3/24/2020]: Guidance on how Continuum of Care (CoC) Program grant funds can be used to support COVID-19 public health outbreak preparedness and response efforts Quick Guide to CDBG Eligible Activities to Support Coronavirus and Other Infectious Disease Response (HUD) [Updated 4/6/20]: Examples and guidance for how CDBG funds can be used for eligible activities that respond to local needs during the COVID-19 pandemic List of COVID-19 related grants for 501(c)3 nonprofits (instrumentl.com) [Updated 5/12/20]: A searchable database of grants for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving those impacted by COVID-19 nationwide, along with application details such as amount, deadline, and eligible localities. Federal Funding Priority Order for Non-Congregate Shelter During COVID-19 (HUD) [Updated 6/29/20]: Interagency guidance on how to utilize different Federal resources for the highest and best use of supporting non-congregate shelter DON'T SEE WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR? TRY THESE LANDING PAGES!




Preventing Homelessness Resulting from the COVID-19 Outbreak


Overview of the National Eviction Moratorium (NLIHC) [Updated 10/6/20]: Summary of the CDC's temporary national moratorium on most evictions for nonpayment of rent Five Things to Consider When Investing ESG in Homelessness Prevention (HUD) [Updated 6/11/2020]: Tips to help communities effectively and efficiently utilizes resources for prevention among those households most at-risk of homelessness System Planning: A Framework for Homelessness Prevention [Updated 6/18/20]: Guidance for creating effective and efficient homelessness prevention programs during COVID-19 response Homelessness Prevention: Effective and Efficient Prevention Programs [Updated 6/18/20]: Case study examples of effective and efficient models of homelessness prevention Homebase Memo on Anti-Eviction Measures to Prevent Homelessness and Reduce Transmission of COVID-19 [Updated 10/17/20]: A summary of various jurisdictions' anti-eviction measures and other steps to reduce homelessness resulting from COVID-19 How Does the Federal Eviction Moratorium Impact the Emergency Solutions Grant and Continuum of Care Program? (HUD) [Updated 4/21/20]: Questions and answers about the impact of the CARES Act temporary moratorium on evictions for the ESG and CoC Programs Prevention to Promote Equity (HUD) [Updated 7/02/20]: Guidance on embedding principles of equity into targeted prevention activities as part of COVID-19 response and rehousing efforts ESG Homelessness Prevention Eligibility During Eviction Moratoria (HUD) [Updated 7/24/20]: Document reviewing the eligibility criteria for ESG-CV Homelessness Prevention assistance for households facing an eviction action Strategies for Eviction Prevention (HUD) [Updated 8/14/20]: Information to help communities quickly prevent evictions and keep people connected to stable housing COVID-19 Homeless System Response: Landlord Engagement (HUD) [Updated 8/27/20]: These documents outline landlord engagement strategies including immediate and proactive communication, recruitment, and retention Where to Prioritize Emergency Rental Assistance to Keep Renters in Their Homes (Urban Institute) [Updated 9/4/20]: Mapping tool showing neighborhoods where low-income renters face greater risks of housing instability and homelessness to target homelessness prevention efforts COVID-19: Homeless System Response: Estimating Future Homelessness (HUD) [Updated 9/4/20): Homeless Entries Spreadsheet on data monitoring and factors to consider for estimating future homelessness as a result of COVID-19 Strategies for Renter Protection (HUD) [Updated 10/6/20]: Guidance on protecting low-income and vulernable households from eviction during COVID-19




Ensuring Equity in COVID-19 Planning and Response


Integrating Equity in the Time of COVID [Updated 10/17/20]: A summary of resources and recommendations relating to racial equity and COVID-19 Racism, Homelessness and COVID-19 (NLCHP) [Updated 6/11/2020]: Research and recommendation at the intersections of homelessness, housing and economic insecurity, and health iequities for communities of color during COVID-19 COVID-19 in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups (CDC) [Updated 4/22/20]: Information on the impact of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minority groups and steps that public health professionals, community organizations, healthcare systems and individuals can take to respond to inequities in COVID-19 response Civil Rights Protections Prohibiting Race, Color and National Origin Discrimination During COVID‐19 (HHS) [Updated 7/24/20]: Guidance for organizations to maintain their obligations under federal civil rights laws during the COVID-19 crisis Double Jeopardy: COVID-19 and Behavioral Health Disparities for Black and Latino Communities in the U.S. (SAMHSA) [Updated 5/13/20]: Data and recommended action steps on addressing the intersection of COVID-19 and behavioral health disparities for Black and Latino Communities Using Your Data to Analyze Racial Disparities During the COVID-19 Pandemic (NAEH Racial Equity Network) [Updated 5/4/20]: Tool to help homelessness systems gather data to identify and address racial inequities in testing, treatment, and appropriate service delivery during the COVID-19 outbreak Equity Impact Awareness Tool (King County) [Updated 4/21/20]: Sample tool for identifying inequitable impacts of COVID-19 by race, economics, and age Untapped Expertise: Strategies for Inclusive Stakeholder Engagement When Developing Your Coordinated Investment Plan (HUD) [Updated 6/5/20]: Guidance on inclusive decision-making of population groups that are either disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 or facing elevated risks Equity as the Foundation (HUD) [Updated 6/9/20]: Foundational information on establishing equity as a focus of your COVID-19 response and recovery efforts Racial Equity & Coordinated Entry: Where Can Disparities Happen in the Process? (NAEH) [Updated 6/11/20]: Simple Coordinated Entry flowchart showing areas where racial disparities may exist throughout the process Data & Equity: Using the Data You Have [Updated 7/10/20]: Practical guidance on using existing data to look at the effectiveness of your homeless response system to address racial inequities Increasing Equity in the Homeless Response System Through Expanding Procurement [Updated 7/16/20]: Recommendations on the changes jurisdictions can make to their procurement processes to include more community-based organizations and those led by people of color Advancing Racial Equity through Assessments and Prioritization (HUD) [Updated 8/14/20]: Strategies to advance racial equity and dismantle embedded racism in CE assessment and prioritization processes Equity Capacity Building: Hiring, Supervision, Training (HUD) [Updated 9/4/20]: Document highlighting best practices pertaining to education, hiring practices and procedures, leadership, and training to respond to existing inequities during COVID-19 Racial Trauma and Trauma-Informed Services (HUD) [Updated 9/4/20]: Information on the impacts of racial trauma on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and trauma-informed practices to respond during COVID-19 Staff Orientation to Racial Equity (HUD) [Updated 10/6/20]: Orientation and education on racial equity for staff members to improve outcomes for BIPOC clients during COVID-19 Creating a Cultural Equity Plan - Organizational Policies and Procedures (HUD) [Updated 10/6/20]: Information on key elements of policies and procedures and how they can create cultural equity within an agency 5 Tips to Approaching Rehousing with Racial Equity (HUD) [Updated 11/9/20]: Resource offering specific and actionable tips on building racial equity into a community's COVID-19 rehousing strategy




California COVID-19 Response: State Funding Opportunities and Project Roomkey


California Homekey NOFA Summary [Updated 7/18/20]: Summary of the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for California's Homekey Program. Applications due September 29, 2020. Federal COVID-19 Related Funding to California (LAO) [Updated 4/28/20]: Information on how federal COVID-related funding will flow to Californians ESG-CV NOFA Summary for CA Communities [Updated 6/4/20]: The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) announced $42 million available in federal funds through the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program, made available through the CARES Act and designated as ESG-CV California COVID-19 Emergency Homelessness Funding Summary [Updated 6/4/20]: This summary includes highlights of the 2020 COVID-19 Emergency Homelessness Funding, including the Project Roomkey Initiative, which provides funding and support for communities to place individuals experiencing homelessness in hotels, motels, and trailers and other non-congregate settings Project Roomkey Training: Priority Populations for Non-Congregate Shelter During COVID Response (CDSS) [Updated 4/21/20]: Training materials on screening, triaging, and documenting eligibility for Project Roomkey in alignment with requirements for FEMA reimbursement Project Roomkey Template Materials (Alameda County) (Updated 4/29/20): Template materials for implementation of Project Roomkey in California communities, including trainings and tools to support operations Emergency Hotel Occupancy Agreement [Updated 4/21/20]: Example of an emergency hotel occupancy agreement for establishing emergency housing in hotels and motels through Project Roomkey Guiding Principles: Preventing Return to Homelessness Among Residents of Project Roomkey, Post-COVID-19 [Updated 5/26/20]: Guidance and considerations to ensure that persons sheltering in Project Roomkey motels and hotels do not return to the streets after the pandemic Guide to Strategic Uses of Key State and Federal Funds to Reduce Homelessness During the COVID-19 Pandemic (BCSH) [Updated 9/1/20]: Guidance for local governments and CoCs in California to understand the range ofimmediately available resources to address homelessness during COVID-19




Developing and Implementing an Emergency COVID-19 Response


Strategies to Design and Implement a Successful ESG-CV Program (HUD) [Updated 8/14/20): Important considerations for selecting subrecipients and strategies to prioritizehigh-impact ESG activities A Framework for COVID-19 Homelessness Response: Responding to the Intersecting Crises of Homelessness and COVID-19 (NAEH) [Updated 6/5/2020]: Guidance for communities on how to strategically use CARES Act funds across a range of key public health and economic recovery strategies with the goal of increasing housing stability and preventing future increases in homelessness COVID-19 & the HCH Community: Needed Actions from Public Health and Emergency Response Systems (NHCHC) [Updated 4/1/20]: Summary of critical actions that public health authorities and emergency response systems must take to protect homeless populations from COVID-19 Recommended Strategic Approaches for COVID-19 Response for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness (CDPH) [Updated 3/30/20]: Comprehensive strategic guidance for service providers and system leaders on serving people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 outbreak, including infection prevention, risk reduction, screening, triage, housing and coordination approaches COVID-19 Cost Estimator Tool (Community Solutions) [Updated 5/10/20]: Generates a rough estimate of the need and cost for quarantine and isolation (Q&I) units and permanent housing placements in response to COVID-19 in your community COVID-19: A Framework for Health and Housing Partnership During the Pandemic (CSH) [Updated 7/10/20]: Guidance on creating effective health and housing partnerships during the COVID-19 pandemic Homeless System Response: Operational Healthcare Partnerships (HUD) [Updated 8/10/20]: Information on partnering with people experiencing homelessness, CoCs, ESG programs, HCH programs and other health providers to effectively respond to COVID-19 Coordinating with Public Health for Safe Transitions into Housing (HUD) [Updated 10/6/20]: Resource for planning safe transitions into permanent housing from isolation and quarantine spaces, congregate and non-congregate shelters, and other care sites Interim Considerations for Health Departments for SARS-CoV-2 Testing in Homeless Shelters and Encampments (CDC) [Updated 11/9/20]: Considerations on the appropriate use of testing for persons experiencing homelessness in congregate unsheltered and sheltered settings Eligible ESG Program Costs for Infectious Disease Preparedness (HUD) [Updated 11/9/20]: Information on supplies and equipment that are eligible shelter operations costs under the ESG and ESG-CV programs




Establishing a Rehousing Strategy


Federal Rehousing Resources (HUD) [Updated 10/06/20]: Extensive set of federal resources available to help communities prevent, prepare, and respond to theCOVID-19 pandemic among people experiencing or at risk of homelessness Creating Cohorts for Your Rehousing Strategy (HUD) [Updated 10/06/20]: Information on creating cohorts, or groups with similar needs, as part of your local rehousing strategy Maximizing Income for Rapid Rehousing Participants During COVID-19 (HUD) [Updated 9/20/20]: Guidance for RRH programs to support participants with their income goals during COVID-19 Rehousing Activation: Planning and Implementation Tips (HUD) [Updated 6/5/20]: Key frameworks to begin strategically planning, dedicating, and implementing resources for rehousing during COVID-19 recovery Planning a Housing Surge to Accelerate Rehousing Efforts in Response to COVID-19 (HUD) [Updated 6/5/20]: Information on using a “housing surge” strategy to quickly move people into housing during the COVID-19 pandemic Rehousing Out of Non-congregate Shelter - Maximizing Placements (HUD) [Updated 10/26/20): Guidance on Rehousing residents directly out of NCS and similar facilities into stable housing placements





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