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Non-Congregate Sheltering

Non-Congregate Shelters: Locations where each individual or household has living space that offers some level of privacy (e.g., hotels, motels, dormitories, retreat camps, etc.).

Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide, page 66

FEMA has approved Public Assistance reimbursement funding opportunities for costs associated with emergency non-congregate sheltering for the following populations in Delaware:

  • Homeless individuals that meet one or more of the following criteria:
    • Test positive for COVID-19 who do not require hospitalization but need isolation (including those exiting from hospitals).
    • Have been exposed to COVID-19 who do not require hospitalization but whom warrant quarantine.
    • Persons needing social distancing as a precautionary measure, as determined by public health officials, particularly for high-risk groups such as people over 65 or with certain underlying health conditions (respiratory, compromised immunities, chronic disease).
  • First responders and healthcare workers who are at reasonable risk, as determined by public health officials, of exposure to COVID-19 and cannot return to their usual residence due to risk of infecting other household members.

*FEMA will not reimburse for the sheltering of asymptomatic individuals that are not among the foregoing categories but whose living situation makes them unable to adhere to social distancing guidance.


For reimbursement under Public Assistance Emergency Protective Measures, the State of Delaware will be the Applicant and the jurisdictions/agencies seeking reimbursement for the operations of non-congregate sheltering will be considered sub-applicants. Sub-applicants that may be eligible for reimbursement are:

Sub-Applicants must register in FEMA Grants Portal and submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) through the grants portal. If the sub-applicant does not submit an RPA, they will not be able to receive PA funds. Finally, a completed Non-Congregate Shelter Tracking Form must be submitted to DEMA for each individual placed in non-congregate sheltering for eligible emergency non-congregate sheltering costs to be considered for reimbursement through the Public Assistance Program. The Non-Congregate Tracking Form is a mechanism to provide sufficient data and documentation to establish the eligibility of costs for which the sub-applicant is requesting PA funding (including the need for non-congregate sheltering of each individual, length of stay, and costs)

Wrap-around Services: The term 'wrap-around services' includes the delivery of infrastructure and additional social services to affected residents living on temporary housing sites that go beyond a physical need for housing.

National Disaster Housing Strategy, page 52

Sub-applicants that place individuals in non-congregate sheltering should secure necessary wrap-around services for the duration of required isolation or quarantine. Costs related to non-congregate sheltering should be necessary based on the type of shelter facility, the specific needs of those sheltered, and determined necessary to protect public health and safety in accordance with guidance provided by appropriate health officials.

Sub-applicants must provide sufficient data and documentation to establish the eligibility of costs. Lack of sufficient supporting documentation provided by the sub-applicant to DEMA may result in FEMA determining that some or all of the costs are ineligible. FEMA may reimburse up to 75 percent of eligible costs associated with operating the non-congregate shelters. Learn more about reimbursement and eligible sub-applicants.

Delaware’s non-congregate sheltering initiative is a coordinated effort among local partners, emergency managers, housing and public health agencies, homeless Continuums of Care, behavioral health, labor, nonprofit organizations, and health care departments and providers.

The hospitality industry and other private-sector partners will be critical in aiding the non-congregate sheltering initiative. Businesses such as hotels, motels, colleges, universities and other large-scale facilities that are interested and may be able to serve as non-congregate shelter facilities can submit their details to Jessica McIntire at DEMA.

If you are a Non-Profit or other eligible sub-applicant that is currently operating a non-congregate shelter or providing wrap-around services and have not yet coordinated with the Division of Public Health or your local Office of Emergency Management, please contact Jessica McIntire at DEMA.

Additional Information on Non-Congregate Sheltering in Delaware: