The Atlanta Continuum of Care (CoC) is working closely with the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as City, County, and Federal partners to develop and implement a coordinated COVID-19 response related to individuals experiencing homelessness in the City of Atlanta. This site is designed to help our providers and partners remain updated on resources and information.

As this is an emerging, rapidly evolving issue, the Atlanta CoC and its partners will provide updated information as it becomes available. To remain updated on the latest information, please visit this and other referenced pages often.

 

Please click on any of the boxes below to find valuable information and resources by topic.
IMMEDIATE JOB OPENINGS
We are developing a pool of qualified candidates to fulfill the important work outlined in the job description below.

Homeless Isolation Unit Case Worker- Onsite

If you are interested, please

Apply Now

OUTREACH

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO CONDUCT OUTREACH! Volunteers and staff working with the homeless are exempt from the City of Atlanta’s Shelter in Place order. If you are willing and able to do outreach, please contact: info@partnersforhome.org

Preventing and Managing the Spread of Infectious Disease within Encampments

Tier I COVID Response Assessment (Unsheltered Encampment) – I

Tier I COVID Response Assessment (Unsheltered Encampment) – II

Covid19 Fact Sheet – Color

Covid19 Fact Sheet – Black & White

COPING AND COVID-19 – CDC’s guidance on mental health/coping

SHELTER UPDATES
FOOD UPDATES
COVID UPDATE MEETING NOTES
HERE'S HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT OUR EFFORTS
  1. Partners For Home created a survey to determine provider needs and status of current operations. Provider Survey Results. If you are able to make financial or in-kind donations based on the provider identified needs documented in this report, please contact: info@partnersforhome.org
  2. If you provide SHELTER to the public and your operations have changed, please contact: info@partnersforhome.org
  3. If you provide FOOD to the public and your operations have changed, please contact: info@partnersforhome.org
  4. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO CONDUCT OUTREACH. Volunteers and staff working with the homeless are exempt from the City of Atlanta’s Shelter in Place order. If you are willing and able to do outreach, please contact: info@partnersforhome.org

COPING AND COVID-19 – CDC’s guidance on mental health/coping

SURVEYS FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS

In order to best serve the homeless population of the city of Atlanta during the Coronavirus outbreak, we are asking all City of Atlanta service providers to fill out the appropriate survey below as soon as possible:

COVID-19 Preparedness Survey, Emergency Shelters

COVID-19 Preparedness Survey, Outreach & Housing Navigation

COVID-19 Preparedness Survey, Food Providers

COPING AND COVID-19 – CDC’s guidance on mental health/coping

UNIFORM GUIDANCE ON INTAKE PRACTICES
  1. Be vigilant about screening for symptoms upon entry every day (using the symptom screening tool provided above) and immediately mask and isolate people who screen positive (number one symptom has been fever, then shortness of breath, and then cough).  Non-sick people do not need to be masked so please do your best to preserve the masks that you have by not using them on non-sick people.
  2. Maintain accurate bed logs including location of where people are sleeping.  Please also ensure HMIS is updated in real time!
  3. Ensure head to foot arrangements in a dormitory setting and extra cleaning of facility—eg. disinfecting hard surfaces.
  4. Stagger mealtimes in cafeteria settings to ensure enough distancing among individuals.
  5. Provide sack lunches instead of congregate mealtimes where/when possible.

COPING AND COVID-19 – CDC’s guidance on mental health/coping

Immediate Impact Grants Are Available to Help Your Organization Serve People Without Homes in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Apply for Unrestricted Grants of $25,000-$50,000 by
5 p.m. CT on March 30

In partnership with Kaiser Permanente, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council is now accepting grant applications for unrestricted funding to 501(c)(3) organizations in hard-hit areas that are meeting the health needs of people without homes in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. These unrestricted grants will generally range from $25,000-$50,000 and will be distributed no later than April 10.

Who Is Eligible?
Only non-governmental related entities—501(c)(3) organizations—meeting the health needs of people experiencing homelessness in Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, and the District of Columbia are eligible. Preference will be given to organizations receiving 330h funding and medical respite care programs.

How Does My Organization Apply?
You must submit your application through the Council’s online form. Each organization may make only one application. Word limits will be strictly enforced

What Is the Timeline?
We will contact grant recipients on Wednesday, April 8, by email. Checks will go out immediately thereafter.

 

WHAT ATLANTA COC IS DOING TO ADDRESS COVID-19

  1. We are actively working with the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
  2. We are hosting a conference call 2x/week to update each other on new developments on Tuesdays and Fridays at 8:30am.  If you would like to participate, the Zoom meeting information is found below:
  3. Our outreach teams are receiving additional training on best practices for addressing a coronavirus outbreak. An outreach coordination group is now meeting and planning next steps. Outreach and Encampment teams are encouraged to distribute the flyers found in the links below:
         Color Flyer
         Black and White Flyer
  4. We are procuring additional sanitation equipment for our outreach teams for their personal protection and to assist vulnerable people on our streets including masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer.
  5. We have notified our staff, partners, and providers about best practices to prevent and prepare for a coronavirus outbreak.
         Screening Tool
         Shelter Recommendations
  6. We are working with our partners at the Department of Public Health to develop and disseminate training specifically for outreach and shelter providers.
  7. We have sent out a surveys to assess provider needs and operational changes and will be reporting out on those responses soon.
  8. We will continue to update resources and information on our website as the situation continues to unfold.

 

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