New Publication Analyzes Homelessness in Rural East Tennessee

Rural Homelessness SEM GraphicThe new Council publication “Using the Social Ecological Model to Examine How Homelessness Is Defined and Managed in Rural East Tennessee” provides an insightful case study in how rural communities engage with and perceive homelessness. Though often viewed as an urban issue, homelessness is pervasive in rural areas due to high poverty rates, lack of affordable housing, and geographical isolation. This publication examines that phenomenon through the lens of a 2014 study of East Tennessean communities conducted by the National HCH Council in collaboration with Vanderbilt University and Cherokee Health Systems. Analyzing the experiences of local consumers, organizational staff, and government officials, this study offers suggestions for how rural communities can improve their management of homeless issues and services.

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