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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


Precariously housed rural residents

Precariously Housed Rural Residents


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


Rural homelessness challenges strategies naeh national conference july 17 2006

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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