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Rural Health
News by Topic: Housing and homelessness

Jan 19, 2020 - Features a low-barrier shelter in rural Oregon that offers the homeless a place to stay and has few rules and requirements to get in. Some police officials argue that jail can be used as a resource to help homeless individuals, but those who disagree believe "housing first" initiatives are the best approach.
Source: Jefferson Public Radio
Jan 17, 2020 - Notice from the Rural Housing Service (RHS) is seeking comment on the extension of a currently approved information collection for the Community Facility Loan program. Comments are due by March 17, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 2, 2020 - Addresses the disparity in resources available to homeless populations in urban areas of Texas versus rural areas. Describes how homeless people are often hidden in rural towns, making it more difficult to get an accurate count and provide necessary services.
Source: The Texas Tribune
Dec 26, 2019 - The Rural Housing Service (RHS) is finalizing a proposed rule from August 23, 2018 to implement changes to the single family housing guaranteed loan program with some revisions. Effective date is April 24, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 5, 2019 - Announcement from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of funding and grant application information for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. The program focuses on ending homelessness among veterans and seeks to support services equitably across geographic regions, including rural and tribal areas. Eligibility is limited to existing grantees only. Grant applications are due January 24, 2020.
Source: Federal Register