Strengthening Systems for Ending Rural Homelessness: Promising Practices and Considerations, a new report by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), highlights the challenges faced in ending homelessness in rural communities. According to the report, 75,000 individuals were estimated to be experiencing homelessness in the 2017 Point-In-Time count.
Following the data released from the January 2017 PIT Count, the USICH identified five broad approaches to making homelessness a rare, brief and one-time experience in these areas. These suggestions include:
- Addressing gaps in resources through creative engagement of non-targeted systems and programs, faith-based organizations and informal partners,
- Designing leadership and governance structures to increase capacity,
- Developing outreach and engagement practices specific to rural communities,
- Implementing coordinated entry processes across large geographies, and
- Creatively thinking of ways to expand access to crisis and permanent housing opportunities.
Click here to read the report.