CDC, HUD: Non-Congregate Approaches to Sheltering for COVID-19 Homeless Response

April 6, 2020

AUTHORITY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

DATE PRODUCED: 3/26/2020

TYPE: Guidance/Protocol


  • How should we determine the most appropriate type of isolation housing or space for an individual?
  • What are the staffing resources and services that should be available for isolation spaces and housing? 
  • How does one create isolation space in congregate settings (i.e. without access to units like a hotel or motel)?
  • What are the physical requirements for isolation spaces and housing?
  • Who should have access to isolation housing/space?

SHORT DESCRIPTION: Continuums of Care considering non-congregate approaches to sheltering individuals experiencing homelessness who are symptomatic or in high-risk categories, such as seniors or people with chronic illness, should consider this guidance when designing local approaches. Coordination with public health partners is essential in design, resource investment, and staffing considerations.