*NEW* Interim Guidance for Homeless Service Providers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019
The CDC has just released additional guidance for homeless service providers responding to COVID-19
The CDC has just released additional guidance for homeless service providers responding to COVID-19!
Here is a quick summary of the updates in the document:
- Reinforces the importance of a whole community approach to COVID-19, led by state and local public health departments, that includes homelessness services systems and providers.
- Reinforces that shelters are essential services and should not close or exclude people who are having symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 without a plan for where they can safely stay and access services.
- Encourages communities to consider non-congregate housing options, such as hotels and motels that have individual rooms, for overflow, quarantine, and protective housing, depending on resources and staff availability.
- Encourages communities to plan how to connect clients to housing after they have completed their temporary stays.
- Provides additional guidance on screening, facility layout, and the use of cloth face masks and PPE.