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COVID-19 Alternate Housing

On March 9, 2020, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker declared a state disaster proclamation in response to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) threat. The State began communicating with all county Emergency Managers to develop local plans which would allow the counties to shelter (25) persons. In a short period of time, emergency managers have learned more about the sheltering needs of their residents. FEMA reimbursement criteria has further shaped plans for alternate housing. On March 30, 2020, FEMA issued funding authorization to provide for non-congregate sheltering (i.e., alternate housing) for those populations of COVID-positive individuals that no longer require care, COVID-exposed individuals requiring quarantine and sensitive populations (i.e., those over 65 or with underlying health conditions). On April 12, 2020, the Illinois Department of Public Health issued an Order which further expanded the categories of persons to be housed which also included first responders and healthcare workers. 

The guidance below is meant to assist counties in crafting their alternate housing plans to best fit the needs of their residents.


Additional Website Links

Authorizing Letters

FAQs and Overview Documents

Guidance Documents


Workshops and Presentations

Additional Sheltering Information