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Rural Homelessness - Virginia

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Note: please note that this issue brief should (a) link back to the issue overview on this topic, (b) be focused either the local, state, national, or global level, and (c) be neutrally presented, based on facts, and include footnotes for each of the items.  See the Research Guide and Information Sources to assist you. 

 

Link to Rural Homelessness issue overview page.

 

Scope of the Problem  factual statements on the extent of the problem in the past, current, or future


  • The estimated number of rural homeless in Virginia is between 20,000 and 40,000 persons annually. [1]
  • The rural homeless do not often have the same resources as those living in urban settings. Homeless shelters and programs are more widely available in urban areas because homeless people are more numerous and visible in city settings. Homeless persons nevertheless face the same difficulties in small towns and rural areas, so it is necessary to reduce the gap in program funding and resources available to organizations supporting the homeless in rural locations. [2]
  • "...the largest number of rural homeless was found in Southwest Virginia, with 18,824 homeless person events estimated for 2001. This constitutes over half of the statewide estimate and was nearly twice as large as the next highest region, Shenandoah with 9,607. Significantly fewer rural homeless were found in Northern Neck/Eastern Shore (a much smaller region than the other three) and Southside Virginia." [3]
  • The most frequently identified homeless service needs were transitional housing, transportation assistance, emergency rent assistance and emergency shelter. These services were also the most often identified as being inadequately provided. Emergency shelter was most frequently ranked the number 1 service need, followed by transitional shelter and emergency rent assistance. [4]

 

 

Past Policy  key legislation and milestones including significant policy and funding shifts, major studies, etc.


  • 1992, HUD Rural Homelessness Program. Created to provide grants to housing organizations serving rural communities. Funding was never allocated and the program has since expired.

  • 2000, House Joint Resolution No. 257. Requested the Virginia Housing Study Commission to study the number and needs of rural homeless persons in the Commonwealth.[5]

 

 

Current Policy  summary of current policies in the form of legislation, programs, and funding


  • Despite numerous state programs and pieces of legislation directed at ending homelessness, there are currently none aimed at specifically rural populations in Virginia

 

 

Key Organizations/Individuals   contacts for public and private organizations and key individuals


 

 

Bibliography   web sites, reports, articles, and other reference material 


 

Footnotes

  1. Koebel, Theodore C. 2001. "The 2001 Virginia Rural Homeless Survey." Center for Housing Research Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  2. National Coalition for the Homeless. June, 2008. "Rural Homelessness NCH Fact Sheet #11".
  3. Koebel, Theodore C. 2001. "The 2001 Virginia Rural Homeless Survey." Center for Housing Research Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  4. Koebel, Theodore C. 2001. "The 2001 Virginia Rural Homeless Survey." Center for Housing Research Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  5. House Joint Resolution January 24, 2000. No. 257.

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