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Resources for Advocates and Providers During COVID-19

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic poses a clear risk to people experiencing homelessness as well as service provider organizations. To help better connect people to the services they need, we are creating a database of resources for advocates and providers to use during COVID-19.

While most of these resources will be Connecticut-specific, we are also monitoring and engaging in federal advocacy work through organizations like the National Alliance to End Homelessness and National Low Income Housing Coalition.

A list of resources can be found below:

General Resources

The CDC home page on coronavirus can be found here.

Connecticut's state government is maintaining a state-specific web page on coronavirus, which can be found here. In addition, the State of Connecticut has released a comprehensive coronavirus FAQ on their website.

Your local health administration is a vital resource in providing information on COVID-19 in your community. Connecticut residents can find their local health administration here.

For Service Providers

The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness has released a resource guide for providers in order to assist with preparation and prevention of spread of COVID-19 in Connecticut.

The CDC has prepared a list of best practices for shelters in order to prevent spread of COVID-19.

The CDC has also released a guide for responding to COVID-19 among people experiencing unsheltered homelessness.

HUD's Infectious Disease Toolkit has provided guidance on how to prevent spread of COVID-19 for people experiencing homelessnessat shelters, and at homeless encampments.

CSH has prepared a guide on coronavirus for supportive housing providers.

SAMSHA has released guidance for providers treating substance use disorders during COVID-19.

The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) has created a resources webpage for providers, families, and clients. It also includes information on mental health services and telehealth resources.

Connecticut Legal Services has created a resource webpage for providers and clients to get legal information about access to court services, school, work, benefits, housing, and more during the COVID-19 crisis.

For Advocates

The Connecticut Fair Housing Center is providing regular updates on fair housing enforcement during the coronavirus outbreak.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition and National Alliance to End Homelessness are providing regular advocacy updates during COVID-19, including action alerts to ensure a federal housing response. We will be sharing these action alerts as they come out.

For Medical Professionals

The Center for Childrens' Advocacy has produced a one-page fact sheet on how pediatricians can advise their patients during COVID-19.

For Education Professionals

Schoolhouse Connection has released a COVID-19 checklist for local education agencies and early childhood providers.

The Hope Center for College, Community & Justice has released a coronavirus response guide for organizations that interact with students experiencing homelessness.