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Rural Homelessness: Challenges & Strategies NAEH National Conference July 17, 2006. Mark Kudlowitz, Research Associate Housing Assistance Council mark@ruralhome.org. 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

mark@ruralhome.org


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


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

hac@ruralhome.org

HAC Southwest Office

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

Albuquerque, NM 87110

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

southwest@ruralhome.org

HAC Midwest Office

10920 Ambassador Drive, Suite 220

Kansas City, MO 64153

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

midwest@ruralhome.org

HAC Southeast Office

615 Peachtree Street, N. E., Suite 1130

Atlanta, GA 30309

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

southeast@ruralhome.org

HAC Western Office

131 Camino Alto, Suite D

Mill Valley, CA 94941

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

susan@ruralhome.org