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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Housing and homelessness

Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in Rural America
Examines research related to experiences of rural youth who are homeless. Offers recommendations for policy changes and community responses to address challenges unique to rural areas. Includes a section on homelessness among American Indian and Alaskan Native youth.
Author(s): Matthew Morton, Amy Dworsky, Sonali Patel, Gina M. Samuels
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Voices of Youth Count
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Rental Housing for a 21st Century Rural America
Analyzes seven indicators to describe the supply, demand, and affordability of housing in rural areas by census tracts. Offers suggestions on future rural rental housing needs and policy recommendations.
Author(s): Corianne Scally, Brandi Gilbert, Carl Hedman, Amanda Gold, Lily Posey
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Housing Assistance Council, Urban Institute
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Addressing Rural Housing Challenges: What USDA Can Do
Discusses the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) contributions to rural housing. Includes discussion on the challenges of renting in rural areas and scarcity of rental properties; home ownership affordability; and the difficulties of providing housing for a diverse group of people in unique rural areas. Covers policy implications.
Author(s): Corianne Payton Scally
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Western Rural Development Center
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America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-being, 2018: Homelessness
Describes adverse outcomes associated with children experiencing homelessness and discusses the various definitions of homelessness. Provides information on the percent of public school students identified as homeless by school district location for the 2015 to 2016 school year, includes data on rural, urban, suburban, and town school district students.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics
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Using Homes to Improve Behavioral Health Outcomes in the Rural West
Describes interactions between housing and behavioral health and its effect on overall health and wellness for rural populations. Discusses Medicaid expansion policy implications as a method to improve healthcare delivery and health outcomes.
Author(s): Brandn Green
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Western Rural Development Center
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Field Oversight Hearing on “Overcrowded Housing and the Impacts on American Indian and Alaska Natives.”
Presents the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs field hearing in Savoonga, AK on the effect the lack of housing is having on the Native Village of Savoonga. Features testimony from representatives from Savoonga, AK, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Bering Straits Regional Housing Authority, and the Norton Sound Health Corporation.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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Spotlight Stories: Thunder Valley CDC
Highlights Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation (TVCDC), an organization working to improve health, culture, and the environment on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Discusses efforts to address housing shortages, wellness promotion, and community development.
Author(s): Andrea Waner
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Community Commons
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Mold and Asthma: A Look at Co-Occurrence in Two Rural Communities in California
Reports on a study of mold and asthma prevalence in two rural, primarily low-income, migrant farmworker communities. Covers housing type, income, occupation, gender, the percent of children and adults with asthma, and mold types and amounts. Compares results to national averages.
Author(s): Ryan Sinclair, Charity Russell, Genevieve Kray, Stephen Vesper, Gail Wadsworth
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: California Institute for Rural Studies
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Ensuring Access to Care: Wagner Community Memorial Hospital – Avera, Wagner, S.D.
Describes Wagner Community Memorial Hospital – Avera (WCMH-A), a 20-bed Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Wagner, South Dakota that works to ensure access to care while addressing the social determinants of health for the populations they serve. Shares strategies and collaborative efforts to address the community's needs through the use of telemedicine, housing and economic development, population health, and access to primary care.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals
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Older Adult Housing: Future Collaborations on Housing and Health Services Should Include Relevant Agencies and Define Outcomes
Assesses the extent to which the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service collaborated to address the needs of older adults living in federally assisted housing.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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