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Rural Project Examples: Housing and homelessness

Effective Examples

Medical Legal Partnership of Southern Illinois
Updated/reviewed June 2019
  • Need: Legal barriers often prevent economically disadvantaged people in Southern Illinois from obtaining positive health outcomes despite receiving medical care.
  • Intervention: The Medical Legal Partnership of Southern Illinois (MLPSI) was formed to create a system where medical providers can refer patients in need of legal assistance to local attorneys.
  • Results: Over 4,300 patients have utilized MLPSI since its founding in 2002. The program has relieved over $8.1 million in medical debt for both hospitals and patients.

Other Project Examples

Mitchell Area Safehouse and Family Visitation Center
Updated/reviewed November 2020
  • Need: To provide victims of domestic violence a safe space, advocacy, education, and family support services.
  • Intervention: The Mitchell Area Safehouse and Family Visitation Center in rural South Dakota provides emergency/transitional housing, support groups, and community education.
  • Results: In 2019, Mitchell Area Safehouse answered 887 crisis calls, provided shelter for 169 survivors, and advocated for 729 survivors. The Safehouse assisted in 34 protection orders and provided advocacy to 11 sexual assault survivors.
funded by the Health Resources Services Administration NC-REACH: NC-Rurally Engaging and Assisting Clients who are HIV positive and Homeless
Updated/reviewed November 2020
  • Need: Provision of medical care access and follow-up for rural North Carolina HIV patients with mental health, substance abuse, and unstable housing/homelessness challenges.
  • Intervention: Medical home staff model expanded to a care coordination program with a core Network Navigator and Continuum of Care Coordinator assisting with medical, behavioral health, and basic life needs.
  • Results: To date, the program has advanced three aspects of medical home patient care for this target population: provided further understanding of the spectrum of homelessness, including "hidden" homelessness; implemented outreach with creation of new community partnerships and a community housing coalition; and integrated medical care and behavioral health care for HIV.
Positively Living & Choice Health Network
Updated/reviewed November 2020
  • Need: To provide care and support to eastern Tennesseans living with HIV/AIDS, disabilities, mental illness, substance use disorder, and/or homelessness.
  • Intervention: Positively Living & Choice Health Network provides services like counseling, case management, an HIV/AIDS clinic, and supportive housing.
  • Results: The program currently has 85 PrEP clients and in 2016 opened a second clinic to serve 12 more counties.
Canyon Creek Services
Updated/reviewed January 2020
  • Need: To reduce and prevent domestic violence and sexual assault in Utah's rural Beaver, Garfield, and Iron counties.
  • Intervention: Canyon Creek Services provides a 24/7 emergency hotline, emergency shelter, hospital response, crisis intervention, housing advocacy, and community education.
  • Results: From July 2018 to June 2019, CCS served over 750 survivors, 193 of them seeking emergency shelter. CCS held 22 different awareness events and presented within the community 70 different times with over 14,000 participants.