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This report examines obstacles to health care encountered by people who experience homelessness in small communities and remote rural areas of the United States. Information presented here was obtained from the research literature and from 32 service providers and others who are knowledgeable about rural poverty and homelessness in 17 states.

The document summarizes what is known about the causes of rural homelessness, and how unstably housed people living in rural areas differ from their urban counterparts. In addition, it describes health problems often experienced by rural homeless clients, highlights strategies that homeless service providers are using to meet the challenges these clients present, and lists their recommendations for policy and practice to improve service access and reduce the incidence of rural homelessness. Sources cited in this report and additional resources about rural homelessness in particular states are included in the bibliography. (Author)
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2002
Nashville, TN
615-226-2292
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