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


CDC: Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of PPE and Equipment

CDC’s optimization strategies for PPE offer options for use when PPE supplies are stressed, running low, or absent.

CDC: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Healthcare Settings

The CDC has developed this for training healthcare personnel on how to select and use personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves from exposure to microbiological hazards in the healthcare setting.

CDC: Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

Guidance to healthcare providers on hand hygiene best practices, explanations, techniques, and methods.

FDA: Surgical Mask and Gown Conservation Strategies – Letter to Healthcare Providers

FDA letter to healthcare providers summarizing the CDC guidance for conserving surgical masks and gowns.

IHI: Recommendations for PPE Conservation: Restrict, Reduce, Re-Use

This guidance from IHI outlines necessary strategies to conserve the supply of personal protective equipment (PPEs) until production is sufficient to meet the needs of the health care workforce.

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CDC: PPE Burn Rate Calculator

This Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Burn Rate Calculator tool helps healthcare and non-healthcare facilities plan and optimize the use of PPE for response to COVID-19.

Project C.U.R.E.: PPE supplier

Project C.U.R.E. works to connect U.S. organizations with PPE.

CDC: Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Facemasks

This CDC guidance offers a series of strategies or options to optimize supplies of facemasks in healthcare settings when there is limited supply.

Battelle: decontaminates N95 respirators for reuse

Battelle was approved by the FDA as a Critical Care Decontamination System, which can decontaminate N95 respirators for reuse.

CDC: Interim Guidance on Management of COVID-19 in Correctional and Detention Facilities

These PPE practices from the CDC are appropriate in any contexts where staff are working closely with people who may be COVID+.

CDC: How to Protect Yourself & Others

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

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.