Zach Brown, Executive Director of the West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness, discusses the impact rapid re-housing has had on his community’s homeless population.
The Great Recession is over, the economy is bouncing back, and there are fewer people who are homeless in America. Yet, the number of people who are at risk of homelessness remains significantly higher than it was before the recession began. Check out the full The State of Homelessness in America 2016 report here: www.endhomelessness.org/soh2016.
The number of people who experience rural homelessness is unknown, but the last national count of homeless people found that 9 percent live in rural areas. The same structural factors that contribute to urban homelessness—lack of affordable housing and inadequate income—also lead to rural homelessness. One of the most important strategies in ending rural homelessness is prevention.