Responding to Homelessness in the Context of the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Being homeless means you are more vulnerable to the spread of infectious disease than are people with housing. Building on his research concerning pandemics and homelessness during the H1N1 influenza outbreak, Dr. Stephen Gaetz outlines 5 recommendations for addressing the needs of people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Download this one-page fact sheet for his recommendations.

Download the Resource

How to use this resource:

  • Advocate for the rights of those experiencing homelessness with policy-makers and front-line organizations
  • Support discussion, decision-making and public health planning among policy-makers and front-line organizations addressing COVID-19 risk and management in emergency and short-term housing shelters
  • Facilitate discussion about the inequities of those experiencing homelessness during a pandemic and its importance to containing of the spread of infection and diseases


Gaetz, S. (2020). Responding to Homelessness in the Context of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Canadian Observatory of Homelessness.