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CSH Brief on Rural Homelessness


In August of 2018, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched a strategy to help build the capacity of rural areas in addressing homelessness in their communities.

The plan, called “All Routes Home: Ending Homelessness in Rural America” helps health centers “identify ways to support local efforts to end homelessness in rural areas and address the social determinants of health for their most vulnerable patients.”

This plan highlights three key strategies in building capacity and working towards ending homelessness in their communities, which are as follows:

  1. Building partnerships with local housing/homelessness providers to expand access to services to ensure that the needs of households experiencing housing crises are met.
  2. Utilizing screening tools in medical centers to assess people for homelessness and housing instability and the social determinants of health.
  3. Participating in coordinated entry by accepting coordinated entry referrals, serving as access points for clients, and documenting disability and lengths of time homeless. Coordinated entry helps to provide critical information needed to connect people to the housing resources they need most.

While there are unique challenges rural communities face in efforts to end homelessness, there are solutions, and they are possible to achieve. Through collaborative, client-centered efforts, service providers and policymakers can begin to address and understand better the impact of homelessness and health outcomes on their community, getting people the services and supports they need to find stability and security in their lives.

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