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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. On June 24, 2021, New York ended the COVID-19 State Disaster Emergency.

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 June 24, 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 June 24, 2021.

Reported COVID-19 Cases and Deaths Among the NYC Homeless Population, March 1, 2020 – June 24, 2021
Sheltered* Unsheltered
Confirmed Cases Deaths Confirmed Cases Deaths
Shelter Type
Adult 2,076 81 N/A** N/A**
Adult Family 166 11 N/A** N/A**
Family with Children 1,280 11 N/A** N/A**
Safe Haven 85 4 N/A** N/A**
Gender
Males 2,170 79 244 5
Females 1,424 28 47 0
Transgender 13 0 2 1
Unknown 0 0 4 0
Race/Ethnicity
Asian 55 6 7 0
Black 1,947 61 119 2
Hispanic 961 18 53 2
White 419 14 58 2
Other/Unknown 225 8 60 0
Age
0-17 520 0 0 0
18-34 927 5 70 0
35-49 816 13 72 1
50-64 1,037 54 124 3
65+ 307 35 31 2
Total 3,607 107 297 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 – June 24, 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 57 67 13 2 139 5 1
Mid-Hudson 32 26 2 1 61 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 130 113 15 6 264 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 – June 24, 2021
Total number of certified programs: 130
Total number of certified beds: 1,366
# %
Total average # and % of cases reported 5 < 1%
Total # and % of programs with one or more positive residents 16 12.3%
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 – June 24, 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 – June 24, 2021
Total number of licensed programs: 93
Total number of licensed beds: 3,325
# %
Total average # of cases reported and % positive 48 2.3%
Total # and % of programs with one or more positive residents 32 34.4%
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 – June 24, 2021
Instances a bed was provided to a COVID-positive resident % of care days occupied by COVID-positive resident
Statewide 1,879 < 1%

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