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Rural Health
News by Topic: Housing and homelessness

Oct 22, 2019 - A large portion of Minnesota's rural homeless population has nowhere to go – shelters are full, public transportation is minimal, and affordable housing is hard to come by. Introduces programs that provide some aid, but describes how the path to permanent housing in rural areas can be challenging.
Source: MPR News
Oct 20, 2019 - A veterans resource center opens in rural North Logan, Utah to provide veterans with housing, employment, and healthcare services, as well as a place to socialize with other service members. The center hopes to address the barriers faced in rural areas and bring awareness to the services available to veterans.
Source: KSL
Oct 15, 2019 - Final rule from the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Housing Service to formalize a December 2018 proposed rule that eliminates the requirement for annual publication of the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). The change allows the agency to accept and process applications in a more fluid manner. The final rule will be effective on November 14, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 9, 2019 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development of the implementation of an expedited process for the review of requests for relief from regulatory and administration requirements for Public Housing Agencies affected by major disasters during calendar year 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 2, 2019 - The Housing Development Alliance in Hazard, Kentucky created the Hope Building program to build affordable homes and provide employment and construction training to individuals recovering from addiction. Kentucky struggles with a high opioid overdose rate and organizations like the Housing Development Alliance aim to be a part of the solution.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Sep 25, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) renewed $2.9 million in grants to 25 tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs). The funds provide rental assistance and clinical services to Native American Veterans experiencing, or at risk of experiencing homelessness.
Source: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Sep 19, 2019 - Features a nonprofit, Joy Meadows, and their plan to build a foster care "village" in rural Kansas. The 10 houses would home a community of families and support services for children in foster care, but the nonprofit still hopes to overcome pushback received from nearby residents.
Source: The Kansas City Star