Disclaimer: Data in this list is intended as a reference, and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty does not endorse any specific practice. This information was compiled by tracking COVID-19 response data as identified in media publications nationwide or through information shared from local advocates or agencies. Data in this list might be incomplete, contain inaccuracies, contain duplicate entries, and/or might depict policies or practices not being properly implemented. This list will be corrected and updated as more practices are identified. If you are aware of a policy or practice not included in this list, please contact
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04/23/21CountyWashington CountyOregonPublic-PrivateServices and Support, Provision of Housing (Individual Units)The first motel for people made homeless by wildfires or poverty will open in Hillsboro, following Oregon’s $65 million program to remake motels into new homes,Washington County has partnered with Bienestar and the Urban League of Portland to provide programming and supportive services to shelter clients at the first new shelter converted from a motel under a $65 million plan funded by the state of Oregon. The motel will have 60 private rooms and will be the first year-round shelter for single adults in the region. The motel will be supported by Bienestar, a non-profit that predominantly provides housing services to Latino and immigrant families and the Urban League of Portland.The Oregonian
04/21/21CityLos AngelesCaliforniaPrivateMedical ServicesUSC's Street Medicine Team has begun to provide vaccinations to those experiencing homelessness.USC's Street Medicine Team has been caring for several hundred individuals experiencing homelessness over the past several months, and now the group is beginning to provide vaccinations. The team's efforts went directly to people at campsites, or nearby meeting points, allowing them to administer doses and monitor patients for side effectsUSC.edu
04/21/21CityGrand JunctionColoradoPublicMedical ServicesHomewardBound shelter in Grand Junction, Colorado is providing vaccinations for those experiencing homelessness.The HomewardBound North Avenue Shelter in Grand Junction, Colorado provided a vaccine clinic to those experiencing homelessness as the organization partnered with Colorado Mesa University and Marillas Health to provide vaccines to the shelter and general community. The shots provided will be the Moderna vaccine, and second doses are scheduled for May 18th. The partnership is part of the Pathways Family Wellness Center, and offers onsite healthcare to those in need.Grand Junction Sentinel
04/20/21CityLos AngelesCaliforniaPublicJudicial Policies/Incarceration ReliefA U.S. District Judge in Los Angeles granted a preliminary injunction that will require the city to provide housing and support services to those on Skid Row.U.S. District Judge David O. Carter granted a preliminary injunction at the request of business owners, downtown residents, and others demanding support for local individuals experiencing homelessness on Skid Row. The Judge's order noted that the city and county must find housing or shelter for single women and unaccompanied children within 90 days, families within 120 days, and all other people experiencing homelessness on Skid Row by October 18. The county must also provide "support services to all homeless residents who accept the offer of housing" including mental health services if necessary. Once adequate shelter is offered, police will be able to enforce laws that keep sidewalks clear of tents as they comply with previous rulings.Los Angeles Times
04/18/21CitySan DiegoCaliforniaPublicServices and Support, Hygiene & SanitationA non-profit in Chula Vista, California provided showers, food, and vaccinations to individuals experiencing homelessness.Community Through Hope in Chula Vista, California provided dozens of people experiencing homelessness with hot showers, food, and vaccinations. The organization has not been able to host events in over a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but was able to provide unsheltered people in the area with showers, nutrition, clothing, and COVID-19 vaccines this year during its annual Day of Hope event. Chula Vista firefighters were able to administer 30 vaccine doses.NBCChula Vista Non-Profit Holds Event to Help Homeless Individuals – NBC 7 San Diego (
04/16/21CityBangorMainePublicHygiene & SanitationBangor, ME, approved a proposal to provide public restrooms to those in need throughout the city.The Bangor City Council unanimously approved a proposal to provide public restrooms throughout the city, which will benefit the city's population experiencing homelessness after the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter's warming center closed following the winter season. The city will install four portable outdoor toilets at locations that have yet to be determined. The proposal follows up on the installation of two porta-potties downtown.NBC News Center Maine
04/15/21CityCedar RapidsIowaPublic-PrivateMedical ServicesMercy Medical Center partnered with local shelters to provide vaccine clinics to those experiencing homelessness.Mercy Medical Center of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is partnering with local shelters to provide vaccinations to those experiencing homelessness at two clinics in partnership with Willis Dady Shelter, Waypoint Services, the Catherine McAuley Transitional Housing Program, Catholic Worker House and Safe Place Foundation. Approximately 200 individuals were interested in receiving a vaccination at the clinics, and the medical center will work with Linn County Public Health and additional shelters to vaccinate those who may have missed the vaccine clinics.KCRG 9 ABC
04/15/21CityMemphisTennesseePublicMedical ServicesMemphis Healthcare Navigator has been vaccinating those experiencing homelessness, but has had to shift to Pfizer vaccines for inoculations.The Memphis Healthcare Navigator program had been using the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine to inoculate 767 people experiencing homelessness. The group has transitioned to administering the Pfizer vaccine after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine program was paused.WMC Action News 5
04/14/21StateWest VirginiaPublicMedical ServicesMid-Ohio Valley Health Department will continue to coordinate with local shelters to provide vaccinations to those in need.The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department has been coordinating with local shelters helping those experiencing homelessness to set up vaccinations. The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department should not be affected by the state's directive to pause the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, since it has been using the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine, and is following up with those who have received their first dose to schedule their second.News and Sentinel
04/12/21CityChicoCaliforniaPublicA Federal judge issued a temporary restraining order to prevent Chico, CA, from clearing any future encampments.A Federal judge has ordered the City of Chico to halt all evictions of encampments for those experiencing homelessness after a temporary restraining order was granted on April 11th. Chico is prohibited from issuing or enforcing other 72-hour encampment notifications to unhoused individuals on public property and prohibited from destroying the seized property of unhoused individuals even if it's worth less than $100. The order is based on the shortage of emergency shelter beds available within Chico, California.

UPDATE: On April 23rd, Judge Morrison C. England Jr. extended the eviction ban in Chico for three additional weeks, meaning that the city cannot evict those experiencing homelessness from camps or parks until the city has found an alternative solution. The city now must work with the Legal Services of California to figure out a solution the Judge can sign off on.
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04/11/21CityGrand JunctionColoradoPrivateMedical ServicesHomewardBound will host a vaccination event for those experiencing homelessness.Efforts are underway to provide vaccinations to those experiencing homelessness in Grand Junction, Colorado. HomewardBound, a local organization that runs a shelter for those in need, announced they were planning a vaccination event on April 20, 2021 at the shelter located on North Avenue. The shelter has also been providing an aggressive testing program for those in need using antigen tests provided by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.The Daily Sentinel
04/11/21CityAlbuquerqueNew MexicoPublicFunding for Services/Support; Housing Provision (Group Shelter)Albuquerque, New Mexico has purchased a hospital that it plans to convert to a center that will provide services for those experiencing homelessness.Albuquerque officials have completed the purchase of a Lovelace Hospital through a combination of local and county funding that will be providing a range of services to people experiencing homelessness once the renovations are completed. The new facility will be called the Gateway Center and will provide resources such as emergency shelter beds for 150-175 people and 25-50 beds for people with medical recovery needs that should help meet increased demand from the pandemic throughout the city. Officials do not yet know what the cost of remodeling is since all programming at the center has not yet been finalized.SFGate
04/06/21CityLouisvilleKentuckyPrivateTransportation Access; Medical Services; Housing ProvisionGoodwill of Kentucky is operating a mobile van to provide support to those experiencing homelessness.Goodwill Industries of Kentucky in Louisville is operating a mobile van that will provide transportation to individuals experiencing homelessness to job sites in exchange for stipends, housing, and a variety of other services. During the eight-week program, Another Way, the van will travel through the city and transport people to sites to perform landscaping, trash pickup, and provide assistance with COVID-19 vaccination efforts in exchange for a $50 stipend for five hours of their time. The van will be operated by two Goodwill employees trained in case management, and will have a limited capacity to allow for social distancing.Courier Journal
4/6/2021CityLas VegasNevadaPublicMedical ServicesThe Salvation Army and Nevada Health Centers have hosted a successful vaccination event in Las Vegas, Nevada, for individuals who are experiencing homelessness.The Salvation Army and Nevada Health Centers have worked together to host vaccination events for individuals who are experiencing homelessness in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event provided vaccines to approximately 50 individuals, and used the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as the single-dose method is best suited for individuals who may be difficult to contact.Fox 5 Vegas
04/02/21CountyAlamedaCaliforniaPublicMedical ServicesLifeLong Medical Care partnered with Alameda County to provide vaccinations to those experiencing homelessness.In Oakland and Berkeley, California, one vaccination clinic has been working with local officials to provide vaccines directly to those experiencing homelessness throughout the area. Oakland's LifeLong Medical Care partnered with Alameda County to provide the Johnson & Johnson vaccine through mobile vaccination vans equipped with necessary equipment, such as refrigerators to regulate vaccine temperature. The clinic spent more than six months building relationships with those staying at local encampments in order to improve outreach efforts and provide accurate information to those who had been inoculated.KRDO
4/2/2021CityAlbuquerqueNew MexicoPublic-PrivateMedical ServicesThe University of New Mexico and WEHC in Albuquerque, have hosted several vaccination events for people experiencing homelessnessThe University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and the Westside Emergency Housing Center (WEHC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, have worked together to host several vaccination events for shelter residents who are experiencing homelessness. Approximately 313 doses were offered to the WEHC population. These doses must be distributed through the New Mexico Department of Health or pharmacies in the area due to storage requirements. Approximately 84% of individuals who received a first dose returned for a second dose during these events.Daily Lobo
2-AprCityJohnson CityTennesseePublic-PrivateMedical ServicesThe East Tennessee State University Street Medicine Interest Group in Johnson City, Tennessee, has partnered with other organizations to vaccinate individuals in the community who are experiencing homelessness.In Johnson City, Tennessee, the East Tennessee State University Street Medicine Interest Group hosted a pop-up vaccination event outside of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church. The event was designed to offer vaccinations to individuals in the community who are experiencing homelessness. These groups hope to partner with other organizations in the area, such as Munsey, the Salvation Army, ETSU Health, and others to provide more vaccines to individuals who are experiencing homelessness.TimesNews
4/1/2021CityDenverColoradoPublicMedical ServicesArc of Colorado in Denver, Colorado has been providing vaccines to those experiencing homelessness.Arc of Colorado in Denver, a non-profit focused on individuals with Down Syndrome, has been coordinating vaccinations for individuals who have a disability or are currently experiencing homeless, and have delivered more than 4,000 vaccines to those in need thus far. The group has been using the Johnson & Johnson vaccines because of its single dose requirement.Public Service News
3/24/2021CountyUnionNew JerseyPublicTransportation Access; Medical ServicesUnion County is partnering with the United Way to provide vaccinations to those experiencing homelessness.Union County, New Jersey, is entering a partnership with its Department of Human Services and the United Way of Greater Union County in an effort to vaccinate those experiencing homelessness. The partnership plans to administer vaccines to 400 individuals experiencing homelessness through eight clinics throughout the county. Transportation to and from sites will be available if necessary.New Bites - Private Companies (LexisNexis); Tap Into Elizabeth;
3/23/2021CityRichmondVirginiaPublicPrivate ProgramsMore than $6 million in Homeless Reduction Grants was awarded through the Virginia Housing Trust Fund for various projects throughout Virginia.Over $6 million in Homeless Reduction Grants was awarded through the Virginia Housing Trust Fund for 38 projects throughout Virginia. The funding will push 102 efforts to help reduce homelessness. This will include rapid re-housing, support services for permanent housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness, and the pre-development of permanent housing projects. Although the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic fallout led to increased homelessness rates in many communities across the Commonwealth, overall homelessness in Virginia has declined 36 percent since 2010, with homelessness among families dropping by 45 percent.ABC News
3/21/2021CityLos AngelesCaliforniaPublicMedical ServicesLos Angeles is operating a private program called MOVE to vaccine those experiencing homelessness.The City of Los Angeles is currently operating a pilot initiative for those experiencing homelessness called Mobile Outreach for Vaccine Equity (MOVE) in Westlake, Panorama City, Pacoima, Baldwin Hills, South Park, Melrose Hill and Highland Park. The city is expected to receive 50,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine, 20,000 doses of Pfizer, and 2,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson.My News LA
3/17/2021CitySeaside; MontereyCaliforniaPublicMedical ServicesFire departments in Seaside and Monterey California hosted vaccination clinics for individuals who are experiencing homelessness.Fire departments in both Seaside and Monterey, California, worked together to host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for individuals in the area who are experiencing homelessness. The Seaside clinic administered 171 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine with the help of the Seaside Recreation Department. The Monterey clinic distributed about 300 doses of the vaccine.Monterey Herald
3/16/2021CountyMontereyCaliforniaPublicMedical ServicesMonterey County is starting a program to vaccinate those experiencing homelessness through local fire departments.The Monterey Fire Department teamed up with the Seaside Fire Department in order to provide vaccinations to the county's most vulnerable populations, including those who are experiencing homelessness in Monterey County. The vaccine clinic was held on March 16, and inoculated eligible individuals using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, with the goal of providing 500 doses to those in need.Monterey County Now
3/12/2021CityGainesvilleFloridaPublic-PrivateMedical ServicesGainesville, FL, Fire Rescue facilitated the vaccination of those experiencing homelessness staying at the St. Francis House.Gainesville, Florida, Fire Rescue provided 17 second doses to staff and members of the Gainesville Emergency Homeless Shelter at St. Francis House on South Main Street following up on the first doses that were distributed one month prior. Fire Rescue paramedics helped those eligible fill out forms, distributed vaccines, and facilitated social distancing after the vaccines were given out. The shelter also provides emergency housing to single women and families with children, as well as providing meals and helping with applications for necessary programs.The Independent Florida Alligator
3/12/2021CityRochesterNew YorkPublicMedical ServicesThe Finger Lakes VA will be providing vaccinates to those eligible on March 15, in Rochester, NY.Veterans enrolled in health care with the Department of Veterans Affairs who are at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness became eligible to obtain the Johnson & Johnson vaccine starting on March 15th. Vaccinations will be provided at the Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester, New York. The VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System has vaccinated more than 13,000 veterans.Livingston County News
3/12/2021StateOklahomaPublicMedical ServicesIndividuals in Oklahoma who live and work in congregate care settings are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, and individuals in homeless shelters are now beginning to receive the vaccine.Oklahoma has recently expanded vaccine criteria to designate individuals who live and work in congregate care settings, such as homeless shelters, as eligible to receive the vaccine. Homeless shelters such as the Homeless Alliance shelter in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, have begun to distribute the vaccine to individuals who are experiencing homelessness.Oklahoman
11-MarCityOceansideCaliforniaPublicFunding for Housing; Funding for Services/Support; Housing Provision (Individual Units)Oceanside, CA, has provided a variety of measures to those experiencing homelessness.Oceanside, California, has been considering a series of measures to help those experiencing homelessness throughout the town. The various measures include the purchase of a 3.5 acre high school with the possibility of turning the school into a shelter for those experiencing homelessness. The city accepted $788,485 in CARES Act funding in June with about half earmarked for hotel and motel vouchers for those in need. The city accepted $1.2 million in additional funding with about $100,000 earmarked for a voucher program for support services. Further, city has assisted 24 individuals in a "bridge housing program", provided 19 individuals and 13 households in the COVID-19 voucher program, and provided 51 individuals with prevention services.San Diego Union-Tribune
03/11/21CountySan BernardinoCaliforniaPublicMedical ServicesSan Bernardino County provided has started an effort to vaccinate those experiencing homelessness in the county after they received 12,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.San Bernardino County launched an effort to inoculate the county's population experiencing homelessness after they received 12,000 doses from the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The first vaccination event focused on unsheltered individuals at the Mary's Mercy Center, with other doses to being distributed to Loma Linda University Medical Center, Colorado River Medical Center, and Mountains Community Hospital. The medical centers were chosen due to their remote location.HD Daily News
3/6/2021CityLos AngelesCaliforniaPrivateMedical ServicesVarious organizations have been vaccinating those experiencing homelessness throughout the Los Angeles area.Grassroots organizations in Los Angeles have been assisting efforts to vaccinate those experiencing homelessness throughout the city using an approach that is focused on age and other conditions. Los Angeles Christian Health Centers had been providing the Moderna vaccine to those experiencing homelessness for about a month, but had trouble tracking down individuals for second doses.NBC News
03/06/21CitySan FranciscoCaliforniaPublicFunding for Housing; Alternative HousingSan Francisco will provide $16.1 million to feed and house those experiencing homelessness in safe sleeping villages.The city of San Francisco has allocated $16.1 million to feed and house individuals experiencing homelessness in safe sleeping villages that are housing more than 300 people. The city's allocation for this initiative is not eligible for federal reimbursement.AV Press
3/6/2021CountyMuskegonMichiganPublicMedical ServicesMuskegon County, MI, received doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine sooner than expected, and will provide it to those living in shelters in the county.The Muskegon County Health Department in Michigan received 1,500 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine unexpectedly, and provided the doses to those staying at local shelters. The shipment had been approved for use the previous week before it arrived early. The Michigan National Guard has been requested to help with the logistics of clinics, which are supposed to be no more than 20 minutes from any residents.Muskegon Chronicle (LexisNexis); MLive.com;
03/06/21StateWashington, D.C.PublicMedical ServicesWashington, D.C., is seeking to vaccinate those experiencing homelessness with the J&J vaccine via a multi-agency strategy.City officials in Washington, D.C., have created a multi-agency comprehensive strategy for vaccinating people experiencing homelessness regardless of age or pre-existing condition. Various organizations are focusing on those living in shelters rather than those living on the street and hope that the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine will help facilitate the vaccination process. Those administering the vaccine hope to fight misinformation through pop-up clinics, peer educator programs, and social media campaigns directed at people experiencing homelessness.NBC News
5-MarStateSouth CarolinaPublicMedical ServicesSouth Carolina expanded vaccine eligibility to those experiencing homelessness.South Carolina expanded eligibility for vaccines to those experiencing homelessness under Phase 1B of the state's vaccine rollout plan. Prisma Health provided the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which it received on March 5th, with the understanding that the vaccines would be prioritized for those experiencing homelessness. The vaccines were provided at Salvation Army in Greenville, Miracle Hill Greenville Rescue Mission, and Transitions Homeless Center in Columbia.WLTX News 19
3/4/2021CityMountain ViewCaliforniaPublicFunding for Housing; Housing Provision (Individual Units)Google announced $30 million in loans for subsidized housing in Mountain View, where a third of the units will be reserved for those experiencing homelessness.Google, along with the nonprofit Housing Trust Silicon Valley, announced $30 million in loans for three subsidized housing developments in San Francisco, Mountain View, and Santa Clara, that will provide 1,130 affordable homes. In the Mountain View development, a third of the 100 units that will be created will be set aside for individuals previously experiencing homelessness and support services will be provided. The developments will plan to break ground this coming summer.East Bay Times
3/4/2021CountySanta BarbaraCaliforniaPublic-PrivateHousing Provision (Individual Units); Alternative HousingSanta Barbara County has taken a variety of measures in order to provide shelter to those experiencing homelessness in the area.A Motel 6 in Paso Robles, California, that was turned into a shelter for those experiencing homelessness for the pandemic will become permanent even after the pandemic ends..Santa Maria Sun
3/4/2021StateMissouriPublicMedical ServicesPhase 2 of Missouri's vaccine rollout plan will include those experiencing homelessness.People experiencing homelessness will be included as part of Phase 2 of Missouri's vaccination rollout plan. They will also be vaccinated along with those who are incarcerated. Phase 3 will open up vaccinations to all Missouri residents.McDonald County Press
3/4/2021StateWashingtonPublicMedical ServicesThe Puget Sound VA has started a mobile vaccine clinic that will provide vaccines, in part, to those experiencing homelessness.The Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System launched a mobile COVID-19 vaccination effort to help eligible veterans in rural Washington starting March 4th. The VA is currently offering the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, but plans to start to offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine once available next week. The Mobile Medical Unit plans to partner with community health providers to get vaccines to people experiencing homelessness, people who are homebound, and people who cannot visit a regular clinic.The Olympian
3/3/2021CityBendOregonPublicFunding for Housing; Alternative HousingBend, OR, approved $1.3 million to create affordable housing units and is allowing for safe parking spots to help those experiencing homelessness.In mid-February, the council members in Bend, Oregon, approved $1.3 million in funding to create three affordable housing developments to create more than 435 affordable units for those in need and introduced changes to the city code to allow for safe parking for those experiencing homelessness. The council is currently considering more permanent protection that would allow larger vehicles and tents to be set up in parking lots, and would provide greater access to sanitation stations and restrooms.KTVZ
3/1/2021CityDenverColoradoPublicFunding for HousingDenver, Colorado voted to increase funding by $10 million toward motel and hotel rooms for the homeless until June.In Denver, following an appeal verdict declaring that Denver must notify homeless encampments regarding sweeps, the city voted to increase funding by $10 million toward motel and hotel rooms for the homeless until June. This is the second extension granted by the city, which has resulted in over 800 rooms being used for temporary housing, and more than 100 people have been placed into more permanent housing following their stays. Denver's Office of Housing Stability and Homelessness Resolution will request full reimbursement of $27 million from the federal government for its hotel and motel housing programs.The Denver Post
3/1/2021CityPatersonNew JerseyPublicVaccination ProgramsResidents of a shelter in Paterson, New Jersey, have received the COVID-19 vaccine as part of an effort to vaccinate individuals who are experiencing homelessness in New Jersey.Approximately 62 residents and 21 staff members of Eva's Village, an anti-poverty organization in Paterson, New Jersey, have received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines were administered by the Riverside Medical Group's Secaucus clinic. Eva's Village provides a community kitchen, half-way house, shelter, and other programs designed to assist individuals who are experiencing homelessness. The Riverside Medical Group specially set aside 100 vaccines for Eva's village residents and staff; left over vaccines were distributed to residents and staff at a different shelter.NorthJersey.com;;;
2/26/2021CountyLos AngelesCaliforniaPublic-PrivateHousing Provision (Individual Units)People Assisting the Homeless, a Los Angeles based non-profit, is doubling its capacity after it secured additional funding from Los Angeles County and foundation partners.The non-profit People Assisting The Homeless (PATH) announced the expansion of its program LeaseUp, which connects landlords with available units to those experiencing homelessness. Because of the expansion, LeaseUp has doubled the number of average number of available units per month from 150 units to 300 units. The program expansion was made possible by an additional $1 million in funding received from Los Angeles County and partners of the foundation, which helped to pay for staffing, marketing, and additional investments for increased capacity within the program.Daily News of Los Angeles;
02/26/21CityPortsmouthNew HampshirePublicMedical ServicesPortsmouth, NH, has created mobile vaccination units which are targeting those disproportionately affected by COVID, which includes those living in shelters for people experiencing homelessness.The city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, enlisted its fire department to launch mobile vaccination units to target several hundred town residents who are eligible for the vaccine, but were unable to make it to a vaccination site. The Seacoast Public Health Network helped the Portsmouth Fire Department to identify individuals who have been "disproportionately affected" by COVID-19, which includes people living in shelters, who are included in Phase 1B of the state's vaccination rollout plan. The town of Exeter plans to follow a similar approach and launch mobile vaccination units for those in need shortly.Portsmouth Herald
22-FebCityTampaFloridaPrivateHygiene & SanitationA local nonprofit is providing showers to those experiencing homelessness in Tampa.Mr. Bubblez Inc. has been providing shower and hygiene services to those experiencing homelessness throughout the Tampa, Florida, area. The organization is run through the support of community members and volunteers, and it partners with organizations that already provide services to those experiencing homelessness. Mr. Bubblez has provided showers to over 750 individuals experiencing homelessness.DuPont Registry Tampa Bay;
2/19/2021CityCharlotteNorth CarolinaPublicHousing Provision (Individual Units); Transportation AccessMecklenburg County, North Carolina has found housing for those in need after an encampment was cleared. The county has had issues transporting those displaced from the encampment to the hotels.Over 180 people living at an encampment called "Tent City" near uptown Charlotte have accepted Mecklenburg County's offer of temporary shelter in hotel rooms. Mecklenburg County cleared the camp down due to air quality concerns related to cooking fires at the camp, as well as a rodent infestation. The move was complicated by coordination issues between the city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, including the city's failure to provide drivers for buses to transport the individuals from the camp to hotel rooms. The county ultimately transported the individuals on their own. The county plans to continue to work with landlords, social service providers, and in order to find long-term stability for those experiencing homelessness.QCity Metro
18-FebCityNashvilleTennesseePublicMedical ServicesNashville vaccinated 250 residents at the Nashville Rescue Mission as doses of the vaccine were set to expire.With 400 doses of the Pfizer vaccine set to expire and with vaccination clinics closed due to icy weather, the Nashville's health department brought the doses to the Nashville Rescue Mission, where a vaccination clinic was set up for the 250 individuals sleeping at the Mission and the dozens from the neighboring Room in the Inn program. City policy seeks prevent unused vaccines from expiring, which has led to several ad hoc vaccinations of those who are not currently eligible under the state's vaccine rollout plan.WPLN
13-FebCityLos AngelesCaliforniaPrivateMedical ServicesLos Angeles Mission is providing vaccines to those experiencing homelessness on Skid Row.Medical staff at the Los Angeles Mission began vaccinating those experiencing homelessness who are older than 65 in Skid Row, Los Angeles. So far, more than 6,000 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the homeless community. The Mission was able to provide vaccinations to more than 80 people, schedule their second dose, and will continue to immunize the reminder of the 65-year-old-plus Skid Row community, which is more than 1,000 people. The vaccinations are being administered by the Los Angeles Christian Health Centers.ABC7 Los Angeles
02/13/21StateNorth CarolinaPublicMoratorium on Clearing Encampments/SweepsThe NCDOT will abide by CDC guidelines for clearing encampments moving forward.The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has released a memo to employees instructing them to abide by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines for clearing encampments. In Asheville, officials will work with NCDOT representatives in order to come up with solutions for those who may be displaced in the future. The NCDOT will collaborate with local officials, police and private aid groups before conducting any sweeps on North Carolina highways.Greensboro News & Record (LexisNexis); The News & Observer
02/12/21CityPensacolaFloridaPublicMoratoria on SweepsIn Florida, the Pensacola City Council passed a moratorium on evictions for the homeless in city limits lasting at least 90 days.On February 11, the Pensacola, Florida City Council passed a moratorium on evictions for the homeless in city limits lasting at least ninety days. The city has collaborated with local organizations to improve conditions at the site by adding Porta Potties and handwashing stations. Additionally, those staying at the site are allowed to remain as long as they don't engage in criminal activity or pose a threat. It is unclear what will happen when the 90 days run out.

UPDATE: The Pensacola city council extended the moratorium by a unanimous vote that will last for ninety more days. The city has been working with Opening Doors, a local non-profits, to find housing solutions for those in need.
2/11/2021CountyMilwaukeeWisconsinPrivateHousing Provision (Individual Units); Food ProvisionClare Hall has provided housing, meals, and a place to recover from COVID-19 for those experiencing homelessness who have tested positive or are at risk.Clare Hall, a former home for retired Catholic nuns, has been serving as an isolation center for individuals experiencing homelessness who have either tested positive for COVID-19 or are vulnerable to COVID-19 because of underlying conditions. The Milwaukee Archdiocese is not charging rent to the city's health and fire departments, who are running the shelter with help from the Hope House of Milwaukee. The shelter costs about $120,000 a month to run, and has been funded with CARES Act funding, FEMA funds, city and county funds, and funding from United Way. More than 200 people have been housed at Clare Hall since the start of the pandemic, and residents are provided with three meals a day, a room with a bed and TV, clothes and other supplies. Residents stay for an average of 20 days. The county has secured hotel rooms for those who cannot be accommodated at Clare Hall.SFGate
2/9/2021CityOcalaFloridaPublicJudicial Policies/Incarceration ReliefA U.S. District Judge in Florida ruled that a city policy was unconstitutional.U.S. District Court Judge James S. Moody ruled on behalf of three Ocala residents experiencing homelessness who had been repeatedly arrested under the city's open lodging ordinance when. The judge ruled the ordinance "unlawfully punishes an individual based on their homeless status," and "recognized that it is cruel and unusual punishment to arrest and jail individuals for sleeping outside and being homeless when there is no shelter available to them." The three plaintiffs had been arrested multiple times and the city had charged them with trespassing without providing them a chance to contest their warnings. The ruling noted that on any given night, Marion County only has 65 emergency shelter beds available and 150 individuals experiencing homelessness, and enjoined the city from arresting, citing, or "enforcing the open lodging ordinance against someone identifying as homeless."Targeted News Service (LexisNexis); ACLU Florida;
2/9/2021TerritoryGuamPublicMedical ServicesGuam will work to include those experiencing homelessness as part of their next phase of vaccinations.The Chief Public Health Officer of the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services announced that shelters for those experiencing homelessness are next on their list of vaccinations as they work to achieve herd immunity on the island. Guam will be vaccinating those experiencing homelessness at the Global Dorm and Guam San Jose shelters. In order to achieve their goal of herd immunity, the island will have to vaccine 18,435 individual per month.PNC Guam
9-FebCityCharlestonSouth CarolinaPrivateMedical ServicesA shelter is partnering with the Medical University of South Carolina to provide testing for those experiencing homelessness.The One80 Place, a shelter for those experiencing homelessness in Charleston, is entering a partnership with the Medical University of South Carolina to provide free COVID-19 testing for those in need at One80 Place's location on 35 Walnut Street on Tuesday, February 9th. Appointments are not necessary, and patients are required to bring a mask and an ID.Live 5 WCSC
02/09/21CitySpokaneWashingtonPublicMedical ServicesSpokane will begin distributing the vaccine to those experiencing homelessness.The Spokane Regional Health District is working with warming centers and shelters for those experiencing homelessness to provide them with the first round of the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccine clinics were established on January 25th, and distributed according to Washington State Department of Health phase guidance. Those experiencing homelessness are currently listed in phase 1B of the state's guidance, and the Regional Health District will keep tabs on when people are due for the second dose. 184 individuals have been vaccinated so far.KHQ Q6 NBC
2/4/2021CitySan DiegoCaliforniaPublicMedical ServicesSan Diego provided the first dose of the Moderna vaccine to residents of the emergency shelter at the convention center who qualify for Phase 1B of the city and state's vaccination plan.The City of San Diego provided the first dose of the Moderna vaccine to residents of the San Diego Convention Center emergency shelter to those who are at least 65-years-old and in the County of San Diego's Phase 1B, a total of 80 residents of the 900 currently staying at the convention center. San Diego worked with the county housing commission and service providers for those experiencing homelessness such as Alpha Project and Father Joe's Villages to develop notification plans and scheduling processes for vaccinations. The city will continue its regular mass testing of those residing at the shelter moving forward.San Diego County News
2/3/2021CityJacksonvilleFloridaPublicHousing Provision (Individual Units); Food ProvisionJacksonville, FL, announced a new initiative to provide individuals experiencing homelessness with thirty days of extended stays in local hotels and connect them with case workers to secure rapid re-housing.Jacksonville, Florida, and the COVID-19 Shelter Taskforce announced a new initiative to provide more resources for those experiencing homelessness called the Pathway to Home Program, which will provide individuals living in unsheltered areas with extended stays in local hotel rooms and food assistance for thirty days. The program is a collaboration with City of Jacksonville, Sulzbacher, Mental Health Resource Center, Changing Homeless, Downtown Vision and the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office, and case managers will work with each program participant to secure Rapid Re-Rehousing. Outreach will started February 5th, with hotel placements beginning on February 8th. The city has allocated $550,000 to $650,000 for the project. The project is funded by public, private and philanthropic dollars. Eight to ten extended-stay hotels have agreed to participate in the program.States News Service (LexisNexis); Action News Jax;
2/3/2021CityHoustonTexasPrivateInformation Dissemination; Medical ServicesHOPE Haven has been providing information and health resources to those in need throughout the Houston area.HOPE Haven has been providing information, supplies, and opportunities for shelter for those experiencing homelessness throughout the Houston metro area. The organization is also helping those experiencing homelessness stay properly vaccinated, provided information regarding health and wellness checks, and plans to start doing paramedical programs with Methodist Hospital, Texas A&M, and other nonprofit organizations. Spreading correct information has been especially critical to the organization, as incorrect information easily spreads.Laredo Morning Times
02/02/21CountySanta BarbaraCaliforniaPublicMedical ServicesSanta Barbara county public health officials plans to handle the vaccination for those experiencing homelessness.The Santa Barbara County public health department will play an important role in reaching out to those experiencing homelessness to ensure they receive the vaccine when the state moves into later phases of the vaccination rollout, when those experiencing homelessness and/or living in congregate shelters would be vaccinated. Blue Shield of California will allocate the vaccine doses to pharmacies, clinic systems, hospitals, and community health centers.Santa Maria Sun
2/2/2021StateNorth CarolinaPublicMedical ServicesThose experiencing homeless and living in congregate shelters are included in Phase 4 of North Carolina's vaccination plan.With nearly half of the COVID-19 deaths in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, being tied to congregate facilities such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and group shelters, officials in North Carolina are concerned with how to handle the vaccination process given the different phases the various groups most affected are scheduled to receive the vaccine. People under 65 and those living in shelters for those experiencing homelessness are included in Phase 4 of the state's plans.Charlotte Observer
2/1/2021CitySan DiegoCaliforniaPublic-PrivateMedical ServicesFather Joe's Villages will help vaccinate San Diegans experiencing homelessness.Father Joe's Villages, a San Diego non-profit, is preparing to help vaccinate those experiencing homelessness in San Diego once California's vaccine distribution program progresses to Phase 1B. The group will begin its vaccination efforts after people experiencing homelessness who are at risk are cleared for access. It will offer vaccines to those staying at congregate shelters; and will further provide vaccination education for those living at the group's shelters or on the street. The organization will also launch a special fund to help cover the cost of increased staffing, hours, and expenses.ABC 10 News
2/1/2021CityIron MountainMichiganPublicMedical ServicesThe Iron Mountain, Michigan Veterans Affairs Medical Center is providing the vaccine to veterans experiencing homelessness in the Michigan upper peninsula.The Oscar G. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center is receiving a supply of Moderna vaccines each week and will be distributing it to veterans that are 65 and over with a priority for those veterans who are experiencing homelessness. The vaccine will be prioritized for those with major spinal cord injuries as well or other high risk pre-existing conditions. The Iron Mountain VA will provide the vaccine to the more than 18,000 veterans in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin, with more than 3,100 vaccines administered thus far. The vaccines are administered within days, or even hours, from when they are received.Iron Mountain Daily News
01/25/21CountyMaricopaArizonaPrivateMedical Services; Housing Provision (Individual Units)Circle the City is helping to vaccinate those experiencing homelessness throughout Maricopa County.Circle the City, a nonprofit based in Maricopa County, Arizona that provides health care to those experiencing homelessness, is helping with vaccinations for the COVID-19 vaccine. The organization has received a small supply of the Moderna vaccine from the county's Department of Health, and are following local and federal guidelines to get people eligible for the vaccine receive their vaccinations. The nonprofit provides these services at respite centers throughout the county, near the Human Services Campus, and at the Phoenix Inn, which is now designated for patients experiencing homelessness, those who have tested positive for COVID-19, and those awaiting test results and provides those at the Inn with meals and necessary medical care.KTAR News
01/21/21CityLas VegasNevadaPublicMedical ServicesThe Linkage to Action truck will be deployed next month to help the city's population experiencing homelessness with addiction and connect them to a variety of other resources.The Southern Nevada Health District is deploying the Linkage to Action outreach unit next month, a mobile clinic that helps connect those experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations with social services and resources to help overcome addiction and prevent overdoses. The Linkage to Action truck will help people with a clean needle exchange, treating sexually transmitted disease infections, wound care, substance abuse rehabilitation, and naloxone doses which helps reverse the effects of opioid overdoses, and will also provide individuals with referrals to housing and medical care. The city plans to use data so that the van will be responsive to overdose hot spots. The program is funded $8 million in grants from the CDC's Overdose Data to Action program. The Linkage to Action truck also distributes hand sanitizer, masks, lip balm and water bottles.Las Vegas Sun;
1/20/2021CityWorcesterMassachusettsPublic-PrivateMedical ServicesResidents and staff at the Ascension Church's Hotel Grace shelter were vaccinated against COVID-19.Congregate care and shelter programs are included as part of the Massachusetts Vaccination Advisory Group's Phase One for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, and the state began to vaccinate those at shelters for people experiencing homelessness, victims of domestic violence, and veterans on Tuesday, January 20th. The first round of vaccinations took place at the Ascension Church's Hotel Grace shelter, where a medical team from UMass Medical School administered sixty vaccines to willing residents and staff. About forty to fifty occupants of the shelter agreed to take the vaccine, some of whom had underlying health conditions.Worcester Telegram & Gazette (LexisNexis);
1/16/2021CityBangorMainePublic-PrivateHousing Provisions (Individual Units)The Maine State Housing authority will continue to have the Ramada Inn in Bangor, Maine serve those experiencing homelessness through the remainder of the pandemic.Since September, the Ramada Inn in Bangor, Maine has served as a shelter for those experiencing homelessness and those who need space to isolate as a result of COVID-19. In September, the Penobscot Community Health Care began to run the converted hotel as an extension of the Hope House shelter. The property has a separate wing for those needing to isolate because of either potential COVID exposure or a positive test with separate entrances for those needing to isolate or other residents. The Maine State Housing authority started its lease on the Ramada, has leased similar properties throughout the state to provide individual units for those needing housing, and will connect residents who have stayed at these properties for more than 14 days to housing navigators who will help them secure long-term housing. Those residing at the hotel are provided with food and transportation, which is provided through Penobscot Community Health Care.Bangor Daily News;
01/14/21CityProvoUtahPrivateHousing Provision (Individual Units)The LDS Church is contributing $3.3 million to help with homelessness throughout Utah, some of the funding will go to Friends of the Coalition to build permanent supportive housing in Provo, Utah.The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City is donating $3.3 million in cash and in-kind donations to five different groups to assist those experiencing homelessness throughout Utah. Recipients of the money include Friends of the Coalition, which will help build 72 one-bedrooms units for permanent supportive housing. Those units will be built in Provo, Utah. The Friends of the Coalition will work with partner organizations to house permanent staff. The project will have permanent onsite mental health, dental, medical, and jail outreach/case management services. The FoC already owns 4.5 acres of land on which to build the housing -- in total the organization expects the project to cost just over $8 million.Salt Lake Tribune;
01/11/21CityGreeleyColoradoPublic-PrivateHousing Provision (Individual Units)The United Way of Weld County is opening a new shelter in an unused apartment for those experiencing homelessness.The United Way of Weld County, in Greeley, Colorado which normally operates an 80-bed emergency shelter during the winter, has opened up a new shelter in an unused apartment building with space for 39 people that provides apartments with a bed, miniature refrigerator, microwave, and basic furniture for those in need. The shelter opened on November 6th and will run through April 15th, and is placed on the Good Samaritan Society's Bonell Campus. Approximately 40 individuals are staying at the apartment shelter. Due to increased costs related to cleaning supplies and security to enforce distancing rules, the shelter will cost $600,000 to run. The city of Greeley provided funding from its federal coronavirus relief funding to ensure that plumbing and other utilities were up to date for temporary residents.SF Gate; The Denver Post;
1/8/2021StateKansasPublicIncarceration Relief/Judicial Policies; VaccinationsKansas announced that its incarcerated population will be among those included in the next round of its vaccine roll out.Governor Laura Kelly announced that the incarcerated population of the state will be set to be prioritized in the next round of vaccinations, as the state has reported that there has been 5,320 cases among the state's 8,600 inmate population, and 1,076 cases among staff, with thirteen inmate deaths and four staff deaths.Lawrence Journal-World
1/5/2021CountyMarionIndianaPrivateFunding for Services/Support; Funding for Housing; Funding for FoodLilly Endowment is awarding $17.2 million to variety of nonprofits throughout Marion County.Lilly Endowment, an Indianapolis-based organization, announced that it will be awarding $17.2 million in grants to a variety of organizations around to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in Marion County, Indiana. The funding will ultimately be split into four categories with $10.5 million being awarded to community and multi-service centers providing social services to individuals and families in need, $2.75 million to help those who are either experiencing homelessness or are survivors of domestic violence, $475,000 to help African-American residents in high-poverty neighborhoods with their needs, and $3.5 million to food banks to help address food insecurity throughout the county.Philanthropy News Digest
1/5/2021CountyOakland County,
Macomb County
MichiganPrivateHygiene & SanitationA Pontiac church is partnering with a local nonprofit to provide showers to those in need.Pontiac's All Saints' Episcopal Church partnered with Wave Project, a Detroit nonprofit that provides mobile shower trailers in Oakland and Macomb Counties, to offer over 30 showers each day to those in need. The church recruited volunteers, who were provided with PPE, to help with management, temperature checks, and coronavirus screening. The events took place on January 9th and January 23rd.The Oakland Press
01/05/21CityAustinTexasPublicHousing Provision (Individual Units)Austin is converting several hotels and motels in housing for those experiencing homelessness.The city of Austin, Texas, is currently in the process of buying hotels and motels to turn them into shelters for those experiencing homelessness. The goal is to ultimately house 300 people in need. Last week the Austin City Council began negotiating the purchase of the 83 room Candlewood Suites hotel in North Austin for conversion into full-service housing for individuals experiencing homelessness. The hotel will cost the city $9.5 million. The City Council voted 10-1 to purchase the hotel. The city also recently purchased the Texas Bungalows Hotel & Suites, also in North Austin. That purchase cost the city $6.7 million and will be funded by the Housing and Planning Department's 2018 General Obligation Bonds. This is connected to the City's ProLodge programming.Austin Monitor;;;
1/4/2021CityFort MeyersFloridaPublicHousing Provision (Individual Units); Hygiene & SanitationFort Meyers has provided resources for those experiencing homelessness through a partnership with Lee County.The city of Fort Meyers, Florida, despite its lack of access to Emergency Solutions Grant money, is partnering with Lee County to provide a variety of resources to help those experiencing homelessness, including rapid rehousing with short and long term rental assistance, non-congregant shelters for those affected by COVID-19, sanitizing services for local shelters, portable restrooms, hand washing stations, laundry services, and free masks and sanitizer. Advocates for those experiencing homelessness, though, are asking for additional resources after one disabled woman living on the streets died without access to appropriate sanitary facilities.Fort Meyers News-Press
01/01/21CityOahuHawaiiPublicMedical Services; Incarceration Relief/Judicial PoliciesHawaii announced that inmates and prison staff will be included in the phase 1B of the state's vaccination plans.The Hawaii Department of Public Safety has announced that staffers at the state's jails and prisons, as well as inmates, will be included in Phase 1B of the state's vaccination plan. The state plans to include inmates at the Oahu Community Correctional Center, Halawa Correctional Facility, Waiawa Correctional Facility, and one private Arizona prison housing Hawaiian inmates. Testing has increased at the facilities in the wake of an increase in cases.Hawaii Tribune-Herald (LexisNexis);
1/1/2021CityDallasTexasPublic-PrivateMedical ServicesTexas Department of Emergency Management has provided 6,000 rapid tests to nonprofits helping those experiencing homelessness in the Dallas area.The Texas Department of Emergency Management provided 6,000 rapid COVID-19 tests to Dallas area homelessness service providers. The tests will be used by shelters, which had previously been relying on laboratory tests that took days to process, as part of their resident intake protocol. Because shelters required a negative test for entrance, the lack of tests available led to empty beds throughout the city, but securing these tests allowed beds to be filled. Tests have been administered by day shelters like OurCalling, Family Gateway, and the Family Place.Kera News North Texas
01/01/21CityAustinTexasPublic-PrivateHousing Provision (Individual Units); Hygiene & Sanitation; Food Provision; Medical ServicesThe city of Austin, Texas, in conjunction with partner agencies, is providing individual housing and health and human services at Protective Lodging properties, with the goal of transitioning residents into long-term housing.The city of Austin, Texas, in conjunction with partner agencies, has been operating five Protective Lodging (“ProLodge”) properties to provide individual housing, medical treatment, and other “wraparound” health and human services to those experiencing homelessness. The city operates these "ProLodges" at five properties that have been bought or leased. The program has housed around 530 individuals since March; as of early December, 275 individuals were living at the five properties. Residents receive three meals a day and access to on-site medical care provided by a CommUnity Care street medicine team, case management services, and behavioral teletherapy services provided by Integral Care. On-site medical care was introduced as part of the wraparound services model in mid-May; physician advocates have adopted the philosophy of street medicine, and report that calls for 911 service have since stabilized, even as the number of guests has grown. In December, the Austin City Council authorized a $7.5 million contract with Caritas Austin to transition "ProLodge" residents into rapid rehousing programs. The City Council also authorized new case manager positions at the Downtown Austin Community Court, supported by federal COVID-19 relief grants; these case managers are working with guests at ProLodge, and estimate that 100 people will be housed over the next two years. The city has spent $15 million from March through December 2020 on the program, which it views as a model and template for long-term housing. 75% of that cost can be recovered through Federal Emergency Management Administration grants.The Austin Chronicle
12/31/2020CitySt. LouisMissouriPublicHygiene & Sanitation; Funding for Services/ Support; Housing Provision (Group Shelter); Food ProvisionSt. Louis is deploying two shower trailers to encampments of individuals experiencing homelessness and opening two new overflow shelters to help those experiencing homelessness during the pandemic.St. Louis officials announced plans to make two shelters available to those experiencing homelessness and to deploy two shower trailers for those who plan on continuing to stay at unofficial outdoor encampments. The two new shelters will be in addition to three other overflow facilities that have been operated during the pandemic by City Hope St. Louis, which has been approved to receive $1.6 million in funding to operate the five shelters. The city also approved $350,000 to be awarded to St. Patrick Center to help operate the shower trailer and deliver meals to those staying at encampments. Each shower trailer is also equipped with a toilet and a sink. The shower trailers will visit the encampments twice a week.St. Louis Post-Dispatch (LexisNexis);
12/28/2020CityBeverlyMassachusettsPrivateHousing Provision (Individual Units)The YMCA in Beverly, MA has renovated its facilities to provide studio-like apartments for those experiencing homelessness.The YMCA in Beverly, Massachusetts has made a $22 million renovation to the Cabot Street YMCA that will upgrade 45 single-room occupancies with shared spaces to 67 studio apartments with individual kitchenettes and bathrooms to help serve those experiencing homelessness and provide affordable housing. Five rooms will be reserved for individuals experiencing homelessness. The units are close to public transportation, are equipped with heating and plumbing, and include communal spaces, coin operated laundry and are furnished with a bed and bureau.The Salem News
12/27/2020CityLos AngelesCaliforniaPublicAlternative HousingLos Angeles is opening villages of tiny homes for those experiencing homelessness in North Hollywood.In response to orders by U.S. District Judge David Carter, Los Angeles is planning to build in North Hollywood a village of tiny homes made of aluminum and composite materials to house individuals experiencing homelessness. The tiny homes are built by Pallet, a Washington State-based company that specializes in building prefabricated tiny homes. The village of 39 tiny homes is set to open on a lot in North Hollywood. The city is spending $5.2 million to set up the village, including grading and paving the lot, building a new sewer line, and building concrete pads for each unit. The homes will be hooked up to showers, toilets, and laundry facilities. The village will also include walkways, outdoor tables, and an area for dogs. Hope of the Valley, a local nonprofit, will offer a variety of services to residents and will work with those staying at the village to move into more long-term housing. The city has also purchased 466 tiny homes to install in six other sites around the city.Los Angeles Times (LexisNexis);
12/25/20CountySan DiegoCaliforniaPrivateHousing Provision (Individual Units)A nonprofit in San Diego, California has launched Hotel Vouchers 4 All to house families with children and people with disabilities experiencing homelessness.Hotel Vouchers 4 All, a nonprofit in San Diego, raises money to provide hotel rooms to individuals experiencing homelessness. The non-profit negotiates with hotels in advance in order to receive discounted prices and accommodate more people. The program is intended to provide temporary shelter while individuals served transition to more permanent shelter. The program currently has access to 14 rooms at local hotels, which it rents out for $55 a night. The partnership was created in part with the San Diego Youth Development Foundation, which relies on grants and donations, and is run by volunteers who also help collect food, clothing, and other supplies. According to their group funding website, Hotel Vouchers 4 All has provided temporary shelter to over 100 individuals experiencing homelessness.San Diego Union-Tribune;;
12/23/2020CountySonomaCaliforniaPublicHousing Provision (Individual Units); Medical Services; Food ProvisionSonoma County has completed the acquisition of two properties to be used as part of Project Homekey.Sonoma County, California has purchased the Sebastopol Inn, the second of two housing complexes purchased by the county as part of Project Homekey. The first complex, formerly Hotel Azura, was a 44-room complex, and the latest complex has 31 rooms. Both complexes will be made available to individuals experiencing homelessness. The Sebastopol Inn complex opened to residents on December 30 and the Hotel Azura complex opened on December 14. Together, the two complexes offer over 70 remodeled rooms and can accommodate nearly 100 individuals. Individuals living at the complexes will participate in the ACCESS (Access Coordinated Care to Empower Self Sufficiency) Initiative, which provides individualized services to address the unique needs of people experiencing homelessness, including primary care, behavioral services, economic assistance, food assistance and employment training, among other services. The total cost of the Sebastopol Inn complex is $10.85 million and Sonoma County received $6.4 million from the state of California through Project Homekey for the project. Sonoma County also received $7.95 million through Project Homekey funding for the Hotel Azura project.Patch California;
12/21/2020CountyKalamazooMichiganPublic-PrivateAlternative Housing; Hygiene & Sanitation; Information Dissemination; Sanctioned EncampmentsKalamazoo County, Michigan is permitting individuals experiencing homelessness to live in encampments, and centralizing resources around that encampment in order to satisfy CDC guidelines.Kalamazoo County, Michigan has decided to permit and support encampments for individuals experiencing homelessness, in line with CDC recommendations. Officials estimate around 175 individuals are staying in these encampments. The County is working to centralize services around the encampments to provide personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer and other cleaning supplies. They are also focusing on disseminating information to those at encampments so they are aware of alternative housing options. Provision of these resources is being coordinated by the Kalamazoo County Continuum of Care.Fox 17
18-DecCityLake Forest; Buena Park; PlacentiaCaliforniaPublicHousing Provision (Individual Units)City councils in Lake Forest, Buena Park and Placentia, California have approved affordable housing for those experiencing homelessness.City councils in Lake Forest, Buena Park, and Placentia, California have approved affordable and support housing developments to provide shelter for those experiencing homelessness. Together, the three developments would have 187 affordable housing units, and 62 units of those created will provide permanent supportive housing. In Lake Forest, the housing project is being developed by National CORE in conjunction with county funding, which is contingent on a portion of the units being set aside for supportive housing. The project will cost roughly $47 million.Orange County Register (LexisNexis);;
12/18/20CityNashvilleTennesseePrivateHygiene & SanitationNon-profit ShowerUp provides mobile shower facilities in Nashville, TennesseeIn Nashville, Tennessee, Paul Schmitz, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization Shower-Up, is providing mobile shower facilities for people experiencing homelessness to utilize during the COVID-19 pandemic. The shower spaces within the mobile truck are 6 feet by 4 feet with separate changing areas, with toiletry items provided, including soap, shampoo, toothpaste, brushes, and razors. The program is expected to provide 5,000 showers in 2020.

UPDATE: As the pandemic has continued, Shower-Up has had to increase its capacity to accomodate increased need. The organization now serves between 75 and 125 individuals a week. The organization currently provides showers and basic hygiene, and will provide hats, hand warmers and blankets as the weather gets colder.
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12/13/2020CityFort WayneIndianaPublicHousing Provision (Individual Units); Housing Provision (Group Shelter); Food ProvisionFort Wayne has invested funds received from the federal government to help those experiencing homelessness through various services.The city of Fort Wayne, Indiana's Office of Housing & Neighborhood Services has invested funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, in part, to help those experiencing homelessness. So far, the $3.1 million received has helped 32 women experiencing homelessness find shelter, has provided hotel vouchers and case management services to 280 families, and has secured a safe place to quarantine for 94 others experiencing homelessness after COVID exposure. The city is now working to invest a second HUD allocation to help with food provision and shelter services at food banks, churches, and the YWCA and YMCA. The city is directing individuals in need to call 2-1-1 in order to be directed to the agency that can best meet their needs.The Journal Gazette;
12/12/20CityEugeneOregonPublicMoratorium on Clearing Encampments/SweepsEugene, OR, cleared an encampment and provided incorrect information about housing options.The city of Eugene, Oregon, cleared an encampment, provided residents out-of-date information regarding other shelter options in town, and threw away whatever possessions were left behind. Members of the community showed up to help collect other items.

UPDATE: Eugene, Oregon, has reversed its policy of clearing encampments, which is now in line with CDC guidelines, after nine local nonprofits wrote a letter to the city asking the city to follow CDC guidance and cease removing encampments throughout the city. In late December, the city reversed its policies to allow for urban camping. Urban camping is restricted to certain areas throughout the city and the policy provides for social distancing guidelines for people in tents, tents also cannot block access to public and or private properties.
The Register Guard (LexisNexis); The Register Guard;;"Camping remains banned in specific areas, including: All parks designated as neighborhood parks. Riparian areas such as along the Willamette River and Amazon Creek. Wetlands such as Delta Ponds and the West Eugene Wetlands; sensitive natural areas such as the Whilamut Natural Area; and the city’s vegetated stormwater facilities that are designed to filter and clean water. Within 300 feet of playgrounds, sports courts, park shelters, picnic shelters. City of Eugene Rest Stop and microsite locations. Within 50 feet of private property."

"Tents must be 12 feet apart from people not in the camper’s pod. It must be possible for the public to maintain 6 feet of distance from the person camping and their property at all times. Camp maintains public access to sidewalks, paths, transit stations, restrooms or building entrances. Camp maintains clean and healthy spaces with no significant garbage or debris. Camp is safe with no evidence of conspicuous drug use: uncapped, used hypodermic needles or other paraphernalia that could be a health hazard to other community members are not permitted. There are no Eugene Police Department verified reports of criminal behavior. Camp site is not negatively impacting properties adjacent to parks. This includes blocking sidewalks, loud noise, aggressive dogs, threatening behavior, public indecency. Camp site is not negatively affecting nearby business activities. Examples include blocking sidewalks, loud noise, aggressive dogs, threatening behavior, public indecency. Camp site is not disturbing vegetation. Camp site is not damaging or preventing maintenance of park infrastructure."

"Camp site is not blocking access in right of way to public and private properties. Camp site is not blocking sidewalks or other pedestrian ways. Five feet minimum clear space. Camp site is not established on road surfaces. Camp site is not in a right of way planting strip if property owner has filed a complaint for people trespassing. Camp or its associated materials are not creating a hazard to traffic or to users of the sidewalk. There are no Eugene Police Department verified reports of criminal behavior."
12/12/2020City & CountySpokaneWashingtonPublic-PrivateHousing Provision (Individual Units)A four-story apartment complex is being built in Spokane to house those experiencing homelessness.Community Frameworks, a Spokane-based non-profit, broke ground on a four-story apartment development in the North Central neighborhood of Spokane that will provide 23 units for people experiencing homelessness. The complex is more than 50,000 square feet, with a range of studios, one, two, and three bedroom apartments. The complex also features indoor common areas, outdoor play areas, and onsite parking. Other units will be reserved for low-income families, with rent starting at $250 per month. The project's cost of $8.3 million was funded through the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, the Washington State Department of Commerce, PNC BANK, Banner Bank, the city of Spokane, and Spokane County. The development's funding model secures funding from partners in order to avoid a heavy tax burden, which allows the complex to keep rents low and affordable. The Spokane City Council has also approved a small sales tax increase to pay for additional affordable housing in the future.The Spokesman-Review (LexisNexis);
12/11/2020CityHaywardCaliforniaPublicHousing Provision (Individual Units)Hayward, California will be starting a program to provide hotel rooms to those experiencing homelessness.The city of Hayward, California will allow some people experiencing homelessness to temporarily stay in hotel rooms in an initiative similar to Project Homekey, but separate from the state program. The Hayward program would provide shelter for six months to 35 people, would build on services the city already provides at its Navigation Center, and will be run by the nonprofit Bay Area Community Services. The program was unanimously approved by the City Council, and will cost roughly $1.3 million, which will be paid for through contract savings from the Navigation Center (due to fewer beds being used in the Navigation Center) as well as up to $90,000 in state grants. According to a presentation made at the City Council meeting on December 8, the program proponents anticipate annual $90,000 Permanent Local Housing Allocation grants from the state of California. The program is scheduled to begin early next year, and will ideally be located at a hotel close to public transit in order to be accessible to individuals without vehicles.San Jose Mercury News (LexisNexis);
Additional details are available in the City Council presentation from December 8, 2020, which is available at:
12/11/2020CountySnohomishWashingtonPublicFunding for Housing; Housing Provision (Individual Units)Snohomish County will be granted $4.3 million from Washington State to help with homeless housing programs.The State of Washington will grant $4.3 million from the state Department of Commerce's Shelter Program to new programs to provide shelter for about 90 people experiencing homelessness throughout Snohomish County. This funding arrives as a bed shortage at local shelters has swelled during the pandemic. The county will spend $2.4 million of the grant on a new facility to house 50-60 people, which will enable officials to decommission an emergency shelter in downtown, and another $735,000 to build a community of low-cost "pallet shelters." The "pallet shelters" are a type of low-cost personal shelter produced in Everett, Washington made out of aluminum and composite materials.The Spokesman-Review (LexisNexis);;;
12/10/20CityDenverColoradoPublicSanctioned Encampment; Hygiene & SanitationDenver has opened its first sanctioned outdoor space for people experiencing homelessness.Denver, Colorado recently enacted a policy that was first announced on July 1 to provide people experiencing homelessness a place to stay outdoors. To that end, the city has opened its first "Safe Outdoor Space" -- which is a temporary campsite hosted in the parking lot of a Baptist church. The campsite includes tents that are equipped with electricity and insulation to ensure warm indoor temperatures. A local partner called Showers for All has provided a truck that is equipped with showers and laundry facilities. The facility will also provide daily wellness screenings and COVID testing, hotel referrals, internet access, electricity, outreach services, housing referrals, employment referrals, and benefit navigation. The site accommodates 30 women and trans-identifying individuals. A second site is expected to open later this month. The program is run in partnership with the Colorado Village Collaborative, Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, other non-profits and the city of Denver.;
12/8/2020CityDallasTexasPublic-PrivateHousing Provision (Individual Units); Moratorium on Clearing/SweepsDallas and the Catholic Housing Initiative are partnering to transform the Gateway Hotel into rooms that will house individuals experiencing homelessness. Dallas will also suspend encampment sweeps throughout December.The city of Dallas and the Catholic Housing Initiative, a non-profit, are partnering to renovate the Gateway Hotel, allowing 180 rooms to be used to house individuals experiencing homelessness who have tested positive for COVID-19 and need to quarantine. Rooms will be available for 7 to 14 days. The hotel will be available for individuals experiencing homelessness starting on December 14. The project is being funded through $10 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds, and the city council will vote for a similar hotel project at a future city council meeting. Dallas will also suspend encampment clearing efforts throughout December and shift its focus to ensuring that people experiencing homelessness do not contract COVID-19.Dallas Observer;
12/05/20CityNapaCaliforniaPublicMoratorium on Clearing/SweepsThe city of Napa, California has announced that it will pause all plans to clear encampments where individuals experiencing homelessness are residing for the indefinite future.The city of Napa, California has announced that it will indefinitely pause its plans to clear encampments where individuals who are experiencing homelessness are residing. This decision was made in light of a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in a South Napa shelter. Since the beginning of the year, Napa had removed 90 smaller encampments of one to four persons, and 20 encampments that were home to five or more persons.Napa News
12/3/2020StateMassachusettsPublicMedical ServicesMassachusetts is expanding its isolation program to allow individuals experiencing homelessness who test positive for COVID-19 to quarantine in dedicated sites.Massachusetts public health officials have opened multiple sites to allow for individuals experiencing homelessness to quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19. The state is expanding the program that has helped more than 900 individuals, including people experiencing homelessness, since the beginning of the pandemic. New facilities are opening in Taunton and soon in Pittsfield, and the state has made preparations to launch additional isolation sites as needed.WWLP
12/02/20CityScottsdaleArizonaPublic-PrivateHousing Provision (Individual Units)The city of Scottsdale, Arizona has partnered with local non-profits to provide a hotel shelter program for those experiencing homelessness.Scottsdale, Arizona's Human Services Department, the Phoenix Rescue Mission, and Community Bridges have partnered to provide a temporary hotel shelter program through CARES Act funding and support from city leaders. Through the program, 28 people experiencing homelessness have been provided temporary shelter in a local hotel. The program is funded by roughly $395,000 of the $29 million in CARES Act funding the city received. The program includes meals and security in addition to housing. Six Community Bridges staff members provide 24/7 support to residents. Staff members support residents by helping find long-term housing, obtaining important documents, providing financial planning guidance, and providing information on other local support programs. Residents can access these staff members both while they reside at the hotel and after they have left.North Scottsdale Independent (LexisNexis);,203083;
11/25/20CityOaklandCaliforniaPublic-PrivateHousing Provision (Individual Units); Hygiene & Sanitation; Food ProvisionOakland will soon complete a village for youth experiencing homelessness in December.The city of Oakland, California is set to complete a home village for youth experiencing homelessness in December following delays due to COVID-19. The project will provide individual housing to 26 youths experiencing homelessness complete with bedding, lights, electricity, heated floors, and access to bathrooms and showers. Additionally, each home includes a display of two murals. Residents will also have access to communal bathrooms, showers, a kitchen, and a community gathering space. Resident assistants will also live in the community to support the individuals. Residents will be allowed to stay three years at the home until they're placed in more permanent housing. The project began in 2016 and was led by Youth Spirit Artworks, a Berkeley-based interfaith art jobs and job training program for Bay Area youth.SF Gate;
11/24/2020CityPuebloColoradoPublicHousing Provision (Individual Units)The Pueblo City Council in Colorado has approved $15,000 to outfit a motel into a non-congregate shelter for the city's population experiencing homelessness.The city council in Pueblo, Colorado has approved an emergency ordinance to quarantine the city's population currently experiencing homelessness with more than $15,000 going towards operations for a non-congregate quarantine shelter housed in an old motel. The quarantine recovery shelter includes 16 rooms for individuals infected with COVID. The rooms are outfitted with mini-fridges, microwaves, and intercom systems to provide for non-contact communications. Residents in quarantine will also be provided regular meals. The program is slated to open on November 25.KRDO
11/20/2020CountyDeKalbGeorgiaPublicMedical ServicesDeKalb County, Georgia is providing flu shots and hosting health clinics for those experiencing homelessness.Officials in DeKalb County, Georgia are hosting two clinics to provide flu shots for those experiencing homelessness throughout the county. The clinics will take place on November 21st and December 5th at one of the Quality Inn & Suits in Decatur, Georgia. DeKalb has been housing individuals experiencing homelessness in the Quality Inn & Suites and other hotels throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccinations will be provided by nurses and medical professionals wearing PPE. All visitors will be required to wear masks upon entering, and complete a questionnaire and temperature screening.WSB TV
11/19/2020StateCaliforniaPrivateMedical Services; Hygiene & SanitationGeneral Motors announced the donation of 1 million masks that will be provided in part to homeless shelters in Los Angeles.General Motors announced that it would be donating 1 million face masks across California and will provide funding for 5,000 flu vaccines across the state. At least 170,000 of these masks will go to shelters in the Los Angeles area, to nonprofits that serve communities impacted most by the pandemic, and testing labs for the virus. The donation builds on GM's October donation of 500,000 face masks to schools in need throughout the state.

In addition, GM will be working with CVS Health to host two pop-up flu clinics - the first in North Hollywood and second in Pomona - at no cost that will help avoid the potential for a dual pandemic in the region.
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11/14/20CityHuntsvilleAlabamaPublicMedical ServicesLaw enforcement officials have partnered with a local health provider to provide those experiencing homelessness access to mental health resources.In Huntsville, Alabama, officers in the Crisis Intervention Training unit have partnered with Wellstone Behavioral Health to create a telecommunication program that helps officers link the more than 460 people experiencing homelessness in the area with health professionals through a computer app. Wellstone also seeks to use screening tools to help determine which individuals are appropriate for its housing programs, and to connect people to psychiatric services.WZDX
11/6/2020StateCaliforniaPrivateFunding for Services/SupportKaiser Permanente has announced that it will allocate $1.5 million in grants to several nonprofits in Southern California that work to support individuals who are experiencing homelessness.Kaiser Permanente has announced that it will be awarding $1.5 million in grants to several nonprofits in Southern California to help people experiencing homelessness that have an increased chance of catching the virus. The non-profits provide social services programming and also provide shelter and healthcare to individuals experiencing homelessness.

One recipient, United States Veterans Initiative, noted that donations are not as effective as they might have been before the pandemic, as operating costs have risen in response to the need for PPE and additional safety precautions. Another, Mercy House, intends to use funds it received to expand its shelter operations.
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