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USICH Report on COVID-19’s Impact on Families/Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

22 July 2020

In early July, USICH released a report highlighting national outcomes and the impact on individuals and families experiencing homelessness in the six months following the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic as a national health crisis.  

The report highlights the major areas of concern in responding to the pandemic, the cohorts of people experiencing homelessness that were identified as being at high risk of contracting the virus, the different partnerships and strategies that were employed/called upon to respond to the pandemic and keep those experiencing homelessness safe, some of the available data collected at the time of this report, and work that still needs to be done.  

“As of June 30, 2020…within the community of homelessness, the preliminary data indicates that there have been 4,845 positive COVID-19 cases, and…130 individuals who have died due to COVID-19”,  as compared to 2,581,229 positive COVID-19 cases and 126,739 deaths caused by COVID-19 among the general public in the United States.  “…Early collaboration with federal agencies, front-line providers, and local authorities made a significant difference in reducing the number of positive cases and fatalities of people experiencing homelessness.”  

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