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Resources by Topic: Housing and homelessness

COVID-19 Vaccination: Resources for Disproportionately Affected Communities
Resources to support access to COVID-19 vaccination among disproportionately affected communities: people experiencing homelessness, correctional facilities, older adults, and people with disabilities. Includes information focused on reaching those who are homebound.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Medicaid and Housing Partnerships: A Resource for Local Health Departments
Explores how local health departments (LHDs) in rural areas can utilize Medicaid managed care levers to address homelessness and housing security issues. Summarizes results from a gap analysis and readiness assessment which identified key opportunities to help prepare three LHDs in rural North Carolina counties for the transition to Medicaid managed care. Identifies action steps for these counties to strengthen housing supports that can also inform similar initiatives in other states.
Author(s): Matthew Ralls, Kathy Moses, Rob Houston
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Roadmaps
A collection of tools to help communities address COVID-19 recovery challenges. Identifies potential solutions and available resources, including federal funding support and technical assistance. Issues addressed include healthcare, food and nutrition, housing, and more.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Federal Emergency Management Agency
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Rural Coronavirus Response with CDBG-CV
Provides information on funding opportunities through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the CARES Act to support rural housing, food, broadband, and economic development. Discusses examples of programs using CDBG funds to respond to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and offers links to useful resources.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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COVID-19 Outbreak Among Farmworkers — Okanogan County, Washington, May–August 2020
Examined risk factors for COVID-19 among fruit grower employees working in orchard and warehouse settings in Okanogan County, Washington. Looked at the impact of housing, comparing those living in the community to those living in congregate temporary housing. Also looked at infection rates by job role.
Author(s): James S. Miller, Michelle Holshue, Tia K.H. Dostal, Laura P. Newman, Scott Lindquist
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 70(17), 617-621
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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The Hospital as a Convener in Rural Communities
Case study examining the role of rural hospitals as conveners that support community health goals and population health, discussing examples from Michigan and Virginia. Describes community sectors that hospitals can convene, including education, behavioral health, housing, transportation, food, and state and local governments. Offers steps for a hospital to become a convener in their community.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Looking at the Rural Homelessness Experience: Definitions, Data, and Solutions
Explains how homelessness impacts health. Features a Vermont organization's work using the evidence-based Housing First model to help people with mental health and substance use challenges and others who lack social supports and have housing needs.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Exploring the Intersection of Rural Housing Quality and Health: Healthcare Providers and Housing Experts Provide Insight
Focuses on rural housing quality as a social determinant of health. Describes how healthcare, housing, and public health organizations can work together to address housing issues and improve population health. Features a Vermont healthcare system and several national programs working to address rural housing quality.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Initiatives Addressing Community Social Needs
Describes the role of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in improving population health and addressing social needs in their communities. Profiles two Critical Access Hospital social needs programs: Lakewood Health System's food access initiatives in Minnesota, and Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital's NEK Prosper. Provides an overview of both programs and highlights best practices of each.
Author(s): Madeleine Pick, Megan Lahr, Ira Moscovice
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing: Federal, State, Local, and Tribal Opportunities
Discusses housing supply and affordability challenges and offers recommendations for federal, state, local, and tribal governments to reduce regulatory barriers and address these challenges. Describes rural/urban differences in housing market challenges. Covers the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on housing in the U.S.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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