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COVID-19 Resource Digest for Homeless Providers – June 29, 2021

The emergence of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) calls for enhanced cooperation between public health authorities, homeless service systems, and other partners at the local level. To support these partnerships and the vulnerable households served, HUD and its partners are issuing guidance from subject matter experts on best practices and lessons learned.

This digest contains recently published resources from HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) and its national, state, and local partners.

Upcoming Partner Webinar

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Register for the USDA Resources for Shelters Feeding Homeless Youth and Families Webinar – July 7, 2021 – 2:00 PM EDT

This webinar will discuss the expansion of the USDA’s food program to allow children and young adults up to 24 years old to receive healthy meals at homeless and youth-serving shelters. The USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) can help ensure that children and youth are fed healthy meals and snacks and that shelters remain financially sustainable during this difficult time. Participants will learn details of this new expansion, hear what this provision means for emergency shelter providers and the children and youth they serve, and receive tailored information on opportunities to implement this option and conduct outreach to help maximize the expansion.

Friday’s Office Hours Cancelled

There will be no Office Hours held this Friday, July 2, 2021. Office Hours will resume next Friday, July 9, 2021 at 2:30 PM EDT.

Save the Date: Next Week's Office Hours

Date and Time: Friday, July 9, 2021 at 2:30 PM EDT

Additional Resources

  • Visit the Disease Risks and Homelessness page to access technical assistance materials from HUD as well as guidance issued from HUD’s federal partners dedicated to preparing for and responding to infectious diseases, including COVID-19.
  • HUD is also available to provide technical assistance to our homeless assistance providers who need support in preventing or responding to the spread of infectious disease. Submit your questions to the Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. In Step 2 of the question submission process, select “CoC: Continuum of Care Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list and write “Health Preparedness and Response” in the subject line.

SNAPS Mailing List Subscription

SNAPS is now using two different listservs to communicate competition and program updates:

SNAPS grantees and interested stakeholders should consider subscribing both to the HUD Exchange mailing list and HUD.gov mailing lists. Please communicate this information to your homeless organizations, local government contacts, and other interested stakeholders.

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