January 19, 2022

New Research Report From the Congressional Research Service: “Homelessness and COVID-19”

The Congressional Research Service report linked to below was published earlier this week.

Title: Homelessness and COVID-19
18 pages; PDF.

From the Introduction:

People experiencing homelessness may be particularly vulnerable during the CoronavirusDisease2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Those living in unsheltered conditions might not have ready access to sanitary facilities. For those living in emergency shelters, it may be difficult to keep a safe distance from other residents, and indoor conditions may more readily facilitate transmission of the virus. Increasing numbers of people may also beat risk of losing their housing as a result of declining economic conditions and rising unemployment triggered by the pandemic. Additionally,homeless services providers may struggle to assist individuals and families if needs increase and volunteers, including retirees and students,that many organizations rely on become unavailable due to the risk of COVID-19 infection.


This report describes funding available to assist people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also discusses whether homelessness could increases employment and economic conditions leave households unable to pay their housing costs and federal, state, and court-ordered eviction moratoriums expire.

Direct to Full Text Report
18 pages; PDF.

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