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Rural Homelessness: Challenges & Strategies NAEH National Conference July 17, 2006. Mark Kudlowitz, Research Associate Housing Assistance Council [email protected] Housing Assistance Council. HAC helps communities achieve their goals by providing: Technical Assistance Training

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Rural homelessness challenges strategies naeh national conference july 17 2006

Rural Homelessness: Challenges & StrategiesNAEH National ConferenceJuly 17, 2006

Mark Kudlowitz,

Research Associate

Housing Assistance Council

[email protected]


Housing assistance council
Housing Assistance Council

HAC helps communities achieve their goals by providing:

  • Technical Assistance

  • Training

  • Loan Fund(s)

  • Research and Information

  • Advocacy


Overview the numbers
Overview & “The Numbers”

  • Diverse populations

  • Unreliable data

  • 3.5 million homeless nationally

  • Burt et al. – 9 percent of all homeless live in rural areas



Key differences of rural homeless
Key Differences of Rural Homeless

  • Less likely to receive government assistance

  • Experience shorter periods of homelessness

  • As likely to have mental health, alcohol, or drug problems

  • Less likely to have health insurance and access to medical care

    (Post 2002)


The barriers
The Barriers

  • Common Barriers to Serving the Rural Homeless

  • Definitional Issues

  • Access to Services

  • Assessing Needs

  • Community Awareness & Support


Overcoming barriers
Overcoming Barriers

  • What ways have you overcome these barriers?


Overcoming barriers1
Overcoming Barriers

What HAC has found:

  • Homeless prevention

  • Collaboration/Networking

  • Emergency Shelters/Transitional Housing

  • Utilizing state resources


Successful rural models
Successful Rural Models

  • Carey Counseling Center

  • SW Georgia Housing Development Corp.


Carey counseling
Carey Counseling

Herrington PlaceCamden, Tennessee


Southwest georgia housing development corporation
Southwest Georgia Housing Development Corporation

Millennium CenterCuthbert, Georgia


Successful models lessons learned
Successful Models: Lessons Learned

  • Collaborations are necessary!!

    • Federal program: HUD, RHS, HHS, FHLB

    • State agencies: Mental Health, Housing, Courts

    • Local activism, energy, and innovation


Usda rural housing service programs
USDA Rural Housing Service Programs

  • Section 515

  • Section 538

  • Section 514/516

  • Section 523 Self Help

  • Section 502

  • Section 504

  • Community Facility Loans and Grants


HAC Office Locations

Housing Assistance Council

1025 Vermont Avenue, N.W., Suite 606

Washington, DC 20005

202-842-8600, fax: 202-347-3441

[email protected]

HAC Southwest Office

3939 C San Pedro, N. E., Suite 7

Albuquerque, NM 87110

505-883-1003, fax: 505-883-1005

[email protected]

HAC Midwest Office

10920 Ambassador Drive, Suite 220

Kansas City, MO 64153

816-880-0400, fax: 816-880-0500

[email protected]

HAC Southeast Office

615 Peachtree Street, N. E., Suite 1130

Atlanta, GA 30309

404-892-4824, fax: 404-892-1204

[email protected]

HAC Western Office

131 Camino Alto, Suite D

Mill Valley, CA 94941

415-381-1706, fax: 415-381-0801

[email protected]


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