On May 5, 2021, HUD Secretary Fudge alongside Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Becerra announced a partnership that aims to ensure equitable care, in regards to the national COVID-19 response, to those experiencing a disproportionate impact, to include HUD-assisted households.
The partnership provides an opportunity for Multifamily Property Owners to establish and expand contacts with their local community health centers, with the idea to further improve vaccine confidence and access - particularly to the most vulnerable populations.
Read Secretary Fudge and Secretary Becerra’sjoint letterto community health centers and HUD housing and service providers, and thefact sheet about the effort.
HUD has shared some strategies that you can utilize to benefit residents, including:
Conduct targeted outreach to residents regarding COVID-19 vaccine efficacy and safety to encourage all eligible residents obtain COVID-19 tests and vaccines.
Leverage staff to assist with registering and scheduling COVID-19 tests and vaccine appointments
Facilitate on-site vaccine clinics at your properties
Assist residents with transportation as needed to vaccine sites, including people who have limited mobility
Provide information regarding access to comprehensive primary health care services
Ensure that communications are provided in plain language, multilingual as appropriate, and in formats that are accessible to people with disabilities.
Further information, including additional vaccination partnership opportunities and COVID-19 webinars can be found in thisbulletin from the Office of Housing.