COVID19 & Homelessness

COVID-19 and Homelessness Frequently Asked Questions

This document aims to collate questions and concerns from the homelessness sector about the impact of COVID-19 on people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and on delivery of services to those people.

Our focus is on individuals and couples without dependent children in their household e.g. people sleeping rough, using day centres and night shelters, in hostels or supported housing, as well as those who are hidden homeless, for example in squats or sofa surfing.

This document does not cover wider sector issues e.g. staffing, charity finance.

Questions and topics are included here even if there is no answer yet, so that you can see what is being discussed in the sector and with local and central government. We have used a traffic light rating to indicate how complete the answer is currently, although this will not be exact and some that are green/answered may change as new information or practice comes to light.

The document will be updated frequently as new information emerges.

Please check ‘Homelessness and COVID-19 information and updates’: for the most recent version.

Also refer to our Resources list, which links to a range of material relevant to service delivery. Download from ‘Homelessness and COVID-19 practice resources’:

If you have a question or concern that is not yet covered, or if you can answer or add to a question, please email or your usual Homeless Link point of contact.