Visitors to TAC’s website are typically involved in multiple aspects of meeting the human services and affordable housing needs of individuals and families experiencing disabilities and homelessness. This resource page consolidates important information from the federal government and other sources related to Medicaid, behavioral health and disability services, and housing/homelessness to assist state and local governments and providers in responding to Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). TAC updates these links and resources regularly as new information becomes available.
TAC created State COVID-19 Response Strategies for the Disability & Homeless Community to help state-level policymakers facilitate a coordinated response that focuses on the needs of people with disabilities and those who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Resources by Topic
Federal Guidance & Resources Related to Medicaid
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking several actions in response to COVID-19 aimed at allowing providers, health care facilities, and states more flexibility as they respond to the virus, and has established a Medicaid.gov COVID-19 Resource Page with the most up-to-date information.
Other Medicaid Resources
National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD)
NAMD has posted a previously delivered webinar on Leading through Emergencies: A Toolkit for Medicaid with information on 1135 Waivers.
Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)
KFF has created a Medicaid Emergency Authority Tracker summarizing information on approved state Medicaid emergency authorities to address COVID-19. KFF also has created a data tool tracking State Data and Policy Actions to Address the Coronavirus.
Federal Guidance & Resources Related to Behavioral Health
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) COVID-19 Resources and Information page contains guidance and information to ensure that behavioral health services are uninterrupted during this public health emergency.
Other Behavioral Health Resources
National Council for Behavioral Health (NCBH)
NCBH has compiled several resources and tools for addressing the Coronavirus for behavioral health providers, including a guide on Best Practices for Telehealth during COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
SMI Adviser has compiled a list of resources for clinicians on COVID-19 and Serious Mental Illness.
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) COVID-19 Information and Resources landing page has links to the latest regulatory guidance and information for HUD programs funded through Community Planning and Development, Housing and Public and Indian Housing program offices.
The HUD Exchange COVID-19 Resources page provides primarily non-regulatory resources and assistance to support HUD’s community partners such as homeless service systems, public housing agencies, assisted-housing providers, and other partners as they work together to address this crisis and support vulnerable households at the local level.
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness COVID-19 web page offers a compilation of several resources for homeless systems and providers.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a Resource for Temporary Housing
Communities using FEMA funds to assist in addressing COVID-19 challenges may find FEMA’s COVID-19 web page useful, as well as recommendations from national advocates for working with FEMA and a FEMA toolkit.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eviction moratorium has been extended through March 31, 2021. For more information please see the HUD web page (above) for specific programs, the CDC’s Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions page, and the National Housing Law Project.
U.S. Department of the Treasury
The Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance program makes available $25 billion to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are provided directly to states, U.S. territories, local governments, and Indian tribes.
Information for Tenants
Other Housing and Homelessness Resources
“Framework for an Equitable COVID-19 Homelessness Response has been released by a new partnership among several national organizations and leaders dedicated to helping communities navigate their response to COVID-19 with a racial justice and equity lens. Several HUD technical assistance providers have collaborated to launch a new Disaster Response Rehousing website for communities seeking to address and prevent homelessness.
National Alliance to End Homelessness
The National Alliance to End Homelessness has a variety of resources including webinars relating to COVID and homelessness.
National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA)
The NCSHA COVID-19 Resources and Updates page contains information, guidelines, and notices published by state Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs), federal agencies, and state governments including a directory of state Emergency Rental Assistance programs.
National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)
NLIHC’s Coronavirus and Housing/Homelessness page summarizes the federal response and related advocacy efforts, as well as state and city actions related to housing and homelessness. NLIHC and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities have published a fact sheet on how COVID-19 impacts people with disabilities in congregate settings (PDF).
Federal Guidance & Resources Related to Veterans
The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has posted several resources to its Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program web page, including Consolidated Guidance (05/21/20); SSVF COVID-19 FAQs (10/29/20); and “Additional SSVF Resources Available During COVID-19 Crisis,” among others.
Other Veteran-Related Resources
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV)
The NCHV COVID-19 Resource Page has been established to assist in preparing and responding to COVID-19 for Veterans experiencing homelessness.
Federal Guidance & Resources Related to Health & Disabilities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC has compiled a number of COVID-19 preparedness and response resources for the health care sector (see Housing & Homelessness section of this resource page for CDC guidance specific to homelessness). Some specific helpful resources include:
- Steps Healthcare Facilities Can Take Now to Prepare for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
- Interim Guidance for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Retirement Communities and Independent Living Facilities
- Interim Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations for U.S. Community Facilities with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The CDC has also issued guidance for a variety of Home and Community-Based Servcies (HCBS) providers and stakeholders regarding the impact of COVID-19:
- Guidance for Direct Service Providers
- Guidance for Group Homes for Individuals with Disabilities
- Guidance for Direct Service Providers, Caregivers, Parents, and People with Developmental and Behavioral Disorders
- People with Developmental and Behavioral Disorders
Social Security Administration (SSA)
SSA has established a Social Security and Coronavirus update page to provide information about operational changes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Office of Civil Rights bulletin to ensure non-discrimination for medical treatment decisions and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
U.S. Department of the Treasury
The Treasury has released its Program Guidance on the Coronavirus Relief Fund for States, Tribal Governments and Certain Eligible Local Governments established in the CARES Act. (1/15/21)
Other Disability-Related Resources
American Network of Community Options & Resources (ANCOR)
National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS)
NASDDDS COVID-19 Library of Topical Resources for States contains a series of topical briefs immediately relevant to state intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) systems as they coordinate responses to COVID-19.