Use of non-congregate sheltering by various state, local and private non-profits for FEMA approved populations in relation to COVID-19

Nancy Leveille and Jackie Pappalardi in Clinical & Quality

NYSHFA/NYSCAL received the following advisory from the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services:

On March 20, 2020, the State of New York received a major disaster declaration (DR-4480) to provide emergency protective measures (Category B) under the Public Assistance (PA) program through the disaster declaration. On April 9, 2020, FEMA approved New York's statewide plan for non-congregate sheltering. This approval allows governmental entities and private non-profits (PNPs) to utilize hotel and motel rooms as non-congregate sheltering for certain defined populations. The costs associated with non-congregate sheltering conforming to New York's approved plan would be eligible for partial reimbursement under FEMA's Public Assistance program. A slide deck outlining the State's non-congregate sheltering plan and FEMA's requirements for applicants to implement that plan is attached.

New York's statewide NCS plan identifies 3 target populations for non-congregate sheltering:

  • COVID-19 positive individuals requiring isolation but not hospitalization and who do not have an appropriate home setting, or have a medically vulnerable individual in the home setting where they would otherwise be isolated;
  • Healthcare providers and emergency responders interacting with presumptive or confirmed positive COVID-19 patients in an occupational setting, to include testing sites; and
  • Individuals that are or were supported by a congregate care shelter facility, to include homeless persons, domestic violence survivors, and elder abuse survivors.

Please note that New York City received approval for a citywide non-congregate sheltering plan on March 30, 2020. The statewide non-congregate sheltering plan differs slightly from the citywide plan in terms of populations identified. FEMA will allow entities in NYC to utilize the statewide plan if they wish to include those additional populations approved in the State plan.

The Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services( DHSES) will be including this information in our upcoming applicant's briefings and will post it to our website at: under DR-4480. Note that DHSES continues to work with FEMA on implementation guidance under this program and additional information will be shared as it becomes known.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to my team via our dedicated COVID-19 email address:

J. Andrew Martin, CFM
Public Assistance Chief
NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services
1220 Washington Avenue - Bldg. 7A, Albany, NY 12242
(518) 242-5133 | (518) 598-7290 (cell)


Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Director, Special Projects and Educational Development
518-462-4800 x20

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16