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Resources by Topic: Housing and homelessness

Strategies for Rural Communities for Addressing Substance Misuse among Families Involved with the Child Welfare System
Describes nine programs across seven states that have addressed challenges to serving child welfare-involved parents with substance use issues through mentoring, case management, providing access to treatment and affordable housing, and other support services. Discusses considerations for expanding and replicating these programs in rural communities.
Additional links: Research Summary
Author(s): Jung Kim, Elizabeth Clary, Christina Ribar, Sarah Palmer, Elizabeth Weigensberg
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Mathematica
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The Unique Impact of COVID-19 on Older Adults in Rural Areas
Describes the unique risks and challenges older adults in rural areas face related to COVID-19. Discusses access to healthcare, the ability of rural providers to meet the needs of COVID-19 patients, and the socio-economic effects of the pandemic on rural older adults.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith
Citation: Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 32(4-5), 396-402
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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Rural Housing in the Time of COVID-19
Recording of a June 9, 2020 livestream conversation on the effect of COVID-19 on rural housing and inequities. Features experts on homeownership and rental housing, community development, rural data, and rural poverty. Part 2 focuses on policies to address rural housing challenges during the pandemic.
Additional links: Part 2, June 16, 2020
Date: 06/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Daily Yonder, Housing Assistance Council, Rural Assembly
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Mental Health in a Pandemic: Q&A with Thomasine Heitkamp and Dennis Mohatt
An interview with Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center co-directors Thomasine Heitkamp and Dennis Mohatt on the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses telehealth, economic insecurity, broadband, and mental health under COVID-19 and self-isolation.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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COVID-19 Among Workers in Meat and Poultry Processing Facilities ― 19 States, April 2020
Examines COVID-19 cases among workers in 115 meat and poultry processing facilities reported by 19 states. Discusses factors potentially affecting risk for infection, including difficulties with workplace physical distancing and hygiene and crowded living and transportation conditions. Includes recommended changes to address these issues.
Author(s): Jonathan W. Dyal, Michael P. Grant, Kendra Broadwater, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(18), 557-561
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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2020 County Health Rankings Key Findings Report
Discusses county-level health disparities by examining health factors and outcomes throughout the U.S. Covers life expectancy, racial and ethnic opportunity gaps, homeownership rates, child poverty, and more. Includes key findings and examples of community efforts to improve health outcomes.
Additional links: 2020 State Health Reports
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
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2020 NACo Legislative Conference: Rural Grants 101: How County Officials Can Tap Into USDA Programs
Audio recording of National Association of Counties (NACo) panel discussion presented on March 2, 2020 in Washington, DC, describing ways in which counties can access USDA funding programs. Topics include rural electric cooperatives, rural telecommunications, and rural water and wastewater systems. Transcript available by clicking the dots above the Subscribe tab, then selecting Open Transcript.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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America's Rental Housing 2020
Report details rental housing access across the country. Looks at supply and demand of rental housing, as well as the cost of renting for various income earners. Highlights the barriers to affordable rental housing in rural communities.
Date: 2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
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Transforming Persistent Poverty in America: How Community Development Financial Institutions Drive Economic Opportunity
Report discusses the role community development financial institutions play in rural communities. Highlights economic and social barriers in rural counties, such as unemployment, lack of financial institutions, inadequate housing, structural inequality, and lack of access to healthcare, among others.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Partners for Rural Transformation
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Disrupting Food Insecurity: Steps Communities Can Take
Offers possible solutions to challenges that affect families' ability to afford a healthy diet. Explores strategies developed specifically to meet needs of overlooked rural communities, including help with housing and transportation.
Additional links: Interactive Data Dashboard
Author(s): Caroline Ratcliffe, Elaine Waxman, Cary Lou, Hannah Hassani, Victoria Tran
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Urban Institute
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