Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) among People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness

Prevention measures
  • Unless individual housing units are available, do not clear encampments during community spread of COVID-19. Clearing encampments can cause people to disperse throughout the community and break connections with service providers. This increases the potential for infectious disease spread.
  • Encourage people staying in encampments to set up their tents/sleeping quarters with at least 12 feet x 12 feet of space per individual.
  • Ensure nearby restroom facilities have functional water taps, are stocked with hand hygiene materials (soap, drying materials) and bath tissue, and remain open to people experiencing homelessness 24 hours per day.
  • If toilets or handwashing facilities are not available nearby, provide access to portable latrines with handwashing facilities for encampments of more than 10 people.
If you are hearing that local law enforcement are clearing encampments, please show them these guidelines, and let us know through email.
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