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Several Federal Agencies
Fund Programs through
State Intermediaries or
Local Homeless Providers
That Assist Persons
Homelessness in Rural
that persons experiencing homelessness in rural areas have migrated to
nonrural areas following a job loss, to reconnect with families, and to
obtain supportive services. Conversely, people have migrated from
nonrural areas to rural areas to connect with families and, in the case of
tribal lands, to receive services. Furthermore, because persons
experiencing homelessness are more mobile, and formal migration data do
not exist, the potential exists for duplicated counts-complicating any
comparison of the extent of homelessness between rural and nonrural
Several federal agencies fund programs, through state intermediaries or
local homeless providers, which are targeted to the homelessness
population or which assist low income persons and families including
those experiencing homelessness. Some federal programs specifically
target homelessness, while others assist low income persons and families,
including those experiencing homelessness, or include assistance for
persons experiencing homelessness among eligible uses. In total, these
programs fund permanent and short term housing and a variety of
supportive services such as mental health services, substance abuse
treatment, case management, and job training. Targeted homeless funding
is often further targeted to segments of the population such as youth or
veterans. See figure 1 for examples of targeted and mainstream or
nontargeted programs that may benefit persons experiencing
homelessness and the types of assistance available under each program.
GAO-10-724 Rural Homelessness
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United States. Government Accountability Office. Rural Homelessness: Better Collaboration by HHS and HUD Could Improve Delivery of Services in Rural Areas, report, July 20, 2010; Washington D.C.. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc301393/m1/19/: accessed May 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.