COVID-19 Resources

Leaders in Built for Zero have expressed the need for a collection of quality, compiled resources and information about how to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. In response, we are continuously adding to a comprehensive selection of resources using a quality control process, which you can read about here.


These resource guides compile sources and information related to key topics. To directly access the primary resources cited in those documents, use the Search and Filter function below.

Search and Filter COVID-19 Resources


Raleigh News & Observer: Here’s how the homeless are being screened in Wake

In Wake County, NC, they’re using tablets and telehealth visits to care for people experiencing homelessness.

Austin American-Statesman: City chooses hotels as isolation sites to house homeless coronavirus patients

Austin-Travis County is utilizing telehealth to provide mental health treatment and making face-to-face visits only as needed.

National Health Care for the Homeless Council: Medical Respite Care

Medical respite care is short-term residential care that allows people experiencing homelessness to rest in a safe environment while accessing medical care.

Safe Transportation to and from Quarantine and Isolation Spaces

This guide would be appropriate for Continuums of Care, Coordinated Access Networks, and Balance of States designing how to properly transport clients to and from medical facilities. The relevant sources …

CDC: Protecting Healthcare Personnel

This CDC compilation of resources is intended to promote patient safety and increase the safety of the healthcare work environment through improved use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by healthcare personnel.

Thank you!

We appreciate all of the communities, providers, and people working to ensure the safety and health of individuals experiencing homelessness during this crisis.

CDC: Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Who needs PPE, how to put it on or take off the gear, plus illustrations of how to do so.

CDC: Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators: Crisis/Alternate Strategies

This CDC document offers a series of strategies or options to optimize supplies of disposable N95 filtering facepiece respirators (commonly called “N95 respirators”) in healthcare settings when there is limited supply.

CDC: How Covid-19 Spreads

This CDC document outlines how COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person and from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects, along with explaining how easily the virus can spread.

CDC: Personal Protective Equipment FAQs

Frequently asked questions about personal protective equipment.

CDC: Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

CDC: Use PPE When Caring for Patients with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19

How healthcare personnel should use PPE when caring for patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.

Please continue to check this page for more recommendations and research detailing how homeless service providers can protect themselves and the people they serve during this crisis.

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Thank you to all of the communities, providers, and people working to ensure the safety and health of individuals experiencing homelessness during this crisis.