Shared Living & Housing: Apartments, Group Homes, Retirement Communities, Shelters & Homelessness

Shared and Congregate Housing

Guidance for shared housing includes a broad range of settings, such as apartments, condominiums, student or faculty housing, national and state park staff housing, transitional housing, and domestic violence and abuse shelters.

People living and working in this type of housing may have challenges with social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Shared housing residents often gather together closely for social, leisure, and recreational activities, shared dining, and/or use of shared equipment, such as kitchen appliances, laundry facilities, stairwells, and elevators.  Be sure to consider the unique needs of your residents, such as people with disabilities, cognitive decline, or no access to technology.

Special considerations exist for the prevention of COVID-19 in shared housing situations, and some of the following guidance might not apply to your specific shared housing situation.  Resources for these unique living communities are listed below.

Shared Housing and Shelters

Independent Living


CDC provides guidance to Homeless Service Providers includes: Community coalition based COVID-19 response; communication resources; facility supplies; facility layout considerations; facility procedure considerations, COVID-19 readiness resources.  Additional resources are listed below:

Management of Visitors