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January 4, 2021
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Important Information about COVID-19 Vaccination and Sub-Prioritization among Recommended Populations
As we shared last week, CDC recently published guidance that provides considerations for phased implementation of COVID-19 vaccination and sub-prioritization among recommended sub-populations.

For the homelessness services community, the two major takeaways from this CDC guidance are:

  1. “Frontline essential” workers are a subset of “essential” workers and are defined as workers in close proximity to others (e.g., closer than 6 feet). CDC recommends that “frontline essential” workers be included in the 1b vaccination group.
  2. Because of increased rates of transmission within congregate living settings, and based on local epidemiology and implementation considerations, tribal, state and local jurisdictions may choose to vaccinate homelessness residents at the same time as they vaccinate “frontline essential” workers (eg within the 1b vaccination group).  

Communities are strongly encouraged to review your State's vaccination plan and to reach out to your local and state public health partners to ensure there is a clear understanding of when and how people experiencing homelessness will be prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your USICH Regional Coordinator if you have questions or need help connecting with your local and state public health partners.
New HUD Resources on Housing People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness and Availability of Waivers
Don't miss these new HUD resources on rapidly re-housing people experiencing unsheltered homelessness:

In addition, HUD issued a recent memorandum explaining the availability of waivers of certain regulatory requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to facilitate assistance to eligible communities and households economically impacted by COVID-19.

This memorandum covers program-specific waivers for the following CPD programs:
  • Continuum of Care (CoC)
  • Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP)

This memorandum also announces a simplified notification process for recipients of these programs to use this waiver flexibility to expedite the delivery of assistance.
Second Round of Economic Impact Payments
The IRS has begun processing a second round of Economic Impact Payments. Direct deposit payments have started and paper checks will be mailed through January. For Social Security and other beneficiaries who received the first round of payments via Direct Express, they will receive this second payment the same way. Providers are encouraged to visit the IRS Economic Impact Payments web page to learn more about this important potential resource for their clients. 
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
301 7th St. SW, Washington, DC 20407
Phone: 202.708.4663 / E-mail: