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COVID-19 Homeless Population Pandemic Report

SSL § 17(d-1) requires the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) to review and collect information regarding the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections among homeless persons in publicly-funded shelters during the ongoing COVID-19 State Disaster Emergency. OTDA is required to report this information on the OTDA website, and to update that report at least every three months while the State Disaster Emergency continues.

All local social services districts are required to report to OTDA on cases of a contagious disease that require isolation, including cases of COVID-19, within publicly funded homeless shelters. OTDA used these reports from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic through May 3, 2021 to compile the following information. In addition, OTDA is posting information regarding the number of COVID-19 infections among individuals residing in residential programs for victims of domestic violence and residential programs for runaway and homeless youth using data that has been compiled by the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS).

Due to strict confidentiality protections afforded under federal and state statute and regulation to victims of domestic violence and runaway and homeless youth, OCFS relies on individual self-reported data regarding the incidence of COVID-19 in these programs. In order to provide better context, data for residential programs for victims of domestic violence and runaway and homeless youth reflects the total number and percentage of instances where a bed was provided to a COVID-positive individual during the period of December 15, 2020 through May 3, 2021.

Reported COVID-19 Cases and Deaths Among the NYC Homeless Population, March 1, 2020 – May 3, 2021
Sheltered* Unsheltered
Confirmed Cases Deaths Confirmed Cases Deaths
Shelter Type
Adult 2,042 81 N/A** N/A**
Adult Family 162 11 N/A** N/A**
Family with Children 1,221 11 N/A** N/A**
Safe Haven 82 4 N/A** N/A**
Gender
Males 2,116 79 240 5
Females 1,378 28 46 0
Transgender 13 0 2 1
Unknown 0 0 3 0
Race/Ethnicity
Asian 55 6 7 0
Black 1,889 61 115 2
Hispanic 929 18 52 2
White 413 14 58 1
Other/Unknown 221 8 59 1
Age
0-17 494 0 0 0
18-34 886 5 66 0
35-49 796 13 72 1
50-64 1,027 54 123 3
65+ 304 35 30 2
Total 3,507 107 291 6

* For the purposes of this report, sheltered is defined as those living in Adult, Adult Family, Family with Children, or Safe Haven shelters.

** There is no data available as there is no shelter type if an individual is unsheltered.

Reported COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths Among the Homeless Population Outside New York City, March 1, 2020 – May 3, 2021
Confirmed Cases by Shelter Type Hospitalizations Deaths
Region Adult Family Hotel / Motel Mixed Population* Total Cases
Capital 4 14 0 2 20 1 1
Central NY 4 4 0 0 8 0 0
Finger Lakes 32 0 0 0 32 0 0
Long Island 55 63 13 2 133 5 1
Mid-Hudson 31 26 2 1 60 5 0
Mohawk Valley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
North Country 0 2 0 0 2 0 0
Southern Tier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Western NY 1 0 0 1 2 0 0
Total 127 109 15 6 257 11 2

* Mixed population shelters may house a mixture of Adult, Adult Family, or Family clients.

Runaway and Homeless Youth Program Data, December 15, 2020 – May 3, 2021
Total number of certified programs: 129
Total number of certified beds: 1,360
# %
Total average # and % of cases reported 21 3.1%
Total # and % of programs with one or more positive residents 16 12.4%
Highest daily # and % of programs reporting one or more positive resident 7 5.4%
Lowest daily # and % of programs reporting one or more positive resident 1 < 1%
Runaway and Homeless Youth Resident Data (confirmed cases only, self-report data), December 15, 2020 – May 3, 2021
Instances a bed was provided to a COVID-positive resident % of care days occupied by COVID-positive resident
Statewide 364 < 1%
Domestic Violence Residential Program Data, December 15, 2020 – May 3, 2021
Total number of licensed programs: 93
Total number of licensed beds: 3,325
# %
Total average # of cases reported and % positive 46 2.3%
Total # and % of programs with one or more positive residents 29 31.2%
Highest daily # and % of programs reporting one or more positive resident 15 16.1%
Lowest daily # and % of programs reporting one or more positive resident 4 4.3%
Domestic Violence Resident Data (confirmed cases only, self-report data), December 15, 2020 – May 3, 2021
Instances a bed was provided to a COVID-positive resident % of care days occupied by COVID-positive resident
Statewide 1,422 < 1%

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