NAEH This Week: New Dashboard, Webinars, and Resources for COVID-19 Response

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New COVID-19 Data Tool

new dashboard designed by researchers at University of Pennsylvania, Boston University, and UCLA helps inform planning and response efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic among persons experiencing homelessness. The tool offers essential data on the national and Continuum of Care (CoC) levels, including:
  1. Estimated size of the single adult homeless population, to provide a baseline understanding of scope of potential COVID-19 related impact and needs
  2. Potential impact of COVID-19 on the single homeless population, including number of infections, number of hospitalizations, number of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admissions and number of fatalities
  3. Capacity needed to provide emergency accommodation to the single adult homeless population
The dashboard is based on this report and was created by its authors: Dennis P. Culhane, Dan Treglia, & Ken Steif from the University of Pennsylvania, Tom Byrne from the Boston University School of Social Work and Randall Kuhn from UCLA.

COVID-19 Webinar Series from the Alliance

In an ongoing webinar series, 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.

View past webinars and materials here >>>

Please use #COVIDwebinar during the webinars if joining the conversation on Twitter. Register for upcoming webinars at the links below: 

COVID-19 Webinar Series: Supporting People Remotely in Housing Programs During COVID-19
Thursday, April 9 – 3:00 – 3:30 pm ET

Iain DeJong, OrgCode Consulting, Inc. 

This webinar will be facilitated by Iain De Jong of OrgCode Consulting, Inc. and will highlight a number of considerations for staff that work in Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) and Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) programs to support people remotely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Topics to be covered in the webinar include: staff wellness; communicating with program participants; considerations for prioritizing time and who to serve; staying connected; supporting financial matters; supporting harm reduction; addressing food security; changing support plans; assisting with crisis planning; and supporting landlords. This webinar is a condensed version of the original 90-minute webinar topic provided by OrgCode on March 31.

COVID-19 Resource Highlights

Fact Sheet: 
Population At-Risk – Homelessness and the COVID-19 Crisis

Estimated Emergency and Observational/Quarantine Bed Need for the US Homeless Population Related to COVID-19 Exposure by County; Projected Hospitalizations, Intensive Care Units and Mortality

Coronavirus and Homelessness

Homelessness & COVID-19: Considerations and Action Steps

Community Survey: Protecting People Experiencing Homelessness from COVID-19

Using Medicaid Waivers to Improve Access to Care for People Experiencing Homelessness During COVID-19

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