Best Practices A practical newsletter for people ending homelessness.
Coronavirus and Homelessness
Several resources are available to help providers and systems leaders prepare for the impact of a coronavirus outbreak. Links to the resources are below. Key take-aways include:
Be prepared bystaying informed about your local COVID-19 situation and establish relationships with public health partners in your community
Communicate with staff and clients about facility preparedness and policy updates (i.e. modified hours, non-urgent care by telephone, etc.), and consider using social media to do so
Expect the homelessness services sector workforce to be impacted, and anticipate modified service delivery based on staff capacity
Protect your workforce by screening clients, staff, and visitors for acute respiratory illness, ensuring use of personal protection equipment, and encouraging sick employees to stay home
Protect your clients by separating those with respiratory illnesses, and implementing prevention strategies to minimize exposure (i.e. encouraging frequent hand-washing, increased surface cleaning/disinfection, etc.)
Take inventory of supplies (hand soap, food, and more) and order more if necessary
For more detailed information on how to prepare, please consult the following resources:
The VA's Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program recently published a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) in the federal register. The Transition In Place (TIP) NOFA provides approximately $40 million in funding for eligible organizations to provide transitional housing beds utizing the TIP housing model for veterans who are homeless or at risk for becoming homeless.
As the federal budget process gets underway, advocacy is be essential to speak up for the resources we all need to end homelessness. The Alliance will launch several advocacy actions in the coming months, and we need as much engagement as possible with the members of Congress who ultimately control federal spending on homelessness.
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