Engagement and Coordination with Local Homeless Response Systems: Guidance for Local Public Health (LPH) and Emergency Management (EM) [open pdf - 0B]
From the Document: "Michigan had more than 65,000 individuals experience homelessness in 2018, with approximately half of that population being adults and children in families. Areas of concentrated populations have greater numbers of homeless, but every community in the state has homeless individuals. Rural communities have few shelters, therefore, homeless may live in outdoor encampments, vehicles or temporarily stay with friends, family or acquaintances (i.e. couch surfing). A recent national study attempting to model the impact of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] on the homeless population predicts that when compared to the general population, individuals experiencing homelessness are twice as likely to be hospitalized, two to four times as likely to require critical care, and two to three times as likely to die. The homeless population are especially vulnerable during this time due to underlying physical and health concerns and lack of access to healthcare and sanitation facilities. The State of Michigan has provided guidance to homeless shelters on how to plan, prepare and respond to COVID-19."
MDHHS TA 21174; Michigan Department of Health and Human Services TA 21174;
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
State of Michigan: https://www.michigan.gov/