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Hotel Housing Among Homeless Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The purpose of this study is to better understand the experiences of individuals who moved from congregate shelters or unsheltered settings into hotels during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of New Haven contracted with area hotels to move people experiencing homelessness into a hotel to reduce COVID-19 spread.For this project we will interview individuals who moved to a hotel during the pandemic.

This study has the following aims:

  1. to characterize the experiences of individuals moved into the hotel since March 2020.
  2. to explore the benefits and challenges of different living arrangements for those experiencing homelessness (i.e. congregate shelter, unsheltered, and hotel setting) to inform future housing policies, programs and advocacy work.

This project is a collaboration between Columbus House and the Yale School of Public Health.