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A Clinical Resource Guide for Community Care Centers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Resource Topic: Clinical Issues, Special and Vulnerable Populations

Resource Subtopic: COVID-19, Community, Health, and Housing Partnerships.

Keywords: Health Care Facilities, Infectious Diseases, Persons Experiencing Homelessness.

Year Developed: 2021

Resource Type: Publication.

Primary Audience: Administrative Staff
Secondary Audience: Clinicians

Language: English

Developed by: National Health Care for the Homeless Council (See other resources developed by this organization). In collaboration with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Resource Summary: The COVID-19 pandemic is requiring a comprehensive infectious disease response. People experiencing homelessness are at a unique disadvantage in adhering to infectious diseases prevention and control directives. In response, many communities have created facilities that provide 24/7 shelter, urgent and medical respite care, and infection prevention and control measures. This guide will focus on the needs of homeless populations requiring a stay at centers because they have tested positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to it, or are thought to be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 exposure.

Resource Details: The COVID-19 pandemic is requiring a comprehensive infectious disease response. People experiencing homelessness are at a unique disadvantage in adhering to infectious diseases prevention and control directives. In response, many communities have created facilities that provide 24/7 shelter, urgent and medical respite care, and infection prevention and control measures. These facilities go by many names, including isolation/quarantine centers, assessment and recovery centers, and alternate care sites. This resource guide (“guide”) will refer to such facilities as “centers.” This guide will focus on the needs of homeless populations requiring a stay at centers because they have tested positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to it, or are thought to be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 exposure. Note: this guide was developed before any vaccines were available.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,375,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.