USICH Publishes “Planning and Preparing for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)” page

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness has published a page titled “Planning and Preparing for COVID-19 (Coronavirus).” The page provides both recommendations and further resources on preparing for potential COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreaks and their impact on people experiencing homelessness. The page will be updated regularly.

The page can be found here.

HUD, CDC, VA, and HCH to Host COVID-19 Planning and Response Q&A

Tomorrow–March 13, 2020 from 2 pm to 3 pm ET–HUD, CDC, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council (HCH) will host an “Office Hours” session to discuss COVID-19 planning and response. Before joining the question and answer session, please review the webinar recording titled “Infectious Disease Preparedness for Homeless Assistance Providers and Their Partners (or watch below).”

Participants do not need to register in advance, but it is strongly recommended that they join the session 15 minutes in advance of the start time (1:45 pm ET).

To join the session (at the appropriate time) click here.

IMS/PIC Down Starting Tomorrow (3/13/2020 – 3/23/2020)

As previously mentioned on this blog, IMS-PIC will be down starting tomorrow (Friday, 3/13/2020) until the Monday after next (Monday, 3/23/2020). During this period, housing agencies are asked not to use the system so that a security-related patch may be applied. The Department is encouraging PHAs with programs with fiscal years that end prior to Dec. 31 to complete submission of their SEMAP certification prior to the system entering the shutdown phase. When the system resumes operation, the Department will publish step-by-step instructions for PHAs and Field Offices to address potential problems.

Questions may be directed to

Further updates may be found here.

The full letter explaining this process from HUD can be found here.

NAHRO Creates Coronavirus Resource Page

The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials has created a Coronavirus Resource Page with links to information and resources related to PHAs and the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The page can be found here or at the following web address:

The page should be accessible to non-members and members. If you’re aware of additional relevant resources, please send them to

As always, please be sure to always check the CDC’s coronavirus page and HUD’s coronavirus page also.