Rural Homelessness

NCHE Resources

Transportation for Homeless Children and Youth: Strategies for Rural School Districts

This NCHE tip sheet highlights strategies for providing transportation for homeless students in rural areas provided by local homeless education liaisons, state coordinators for homeless education, and state pupil transportation directors.
Download Transportation for Homeless Children and Youth: Strategies for Rural School Districts.

Other Resources

Homeless Children: Addressing the Challenge in Rural Schools

This ERIC Digest article considers the challenge of homelessness in rural areas, the meaning of homelessness for rural children, the educational problems of homelessness, causes of rural homelessness, and remedies and resources for rural educators and human service providers.
Read Homeless Children: Addressing the Challenge in Rural Schools.

Homelessness in Rural America

This report from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services examines the unique needs and characteristics of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in rural America and provides policy and practice recommendations.
Download Homelessness in Rural America.

NCPR News: Close to Homeless

North County Public Radio explores the issue of rural homelessness, including how transiency affects kids' education and the schools they attend, in this series of online audio broadcasts.
Visit the Close to Homeless webpage.

Poverty, Housing Insecurity and Student Transiency in Rural Areas

This article, published by the Center on Rural Education and Communities at Penn State University, discusses the issue of residential mobility among low-income households and its effect on students, schools, and school districts. It provides a suggested plan of action for supporting highly mobile students for rural schools and school districts and links to additional resources.
Read Poverty, Housing Insecurity and Student Transiency in Rural Areas.

Rural Children At A Glance

This study by the USDA's Economic Research Service provides compelling facts about rural child poverty.
Download Rural Children At A Glance.

Rural Homelessness

This paper was developed for the National Symposium on Homelessness Research held on March 1-2, 2007, and covers topics such as the prevalence of rural homelessnes, the characteristics of rural homelessness, and effective service models for rural homelessness.
View Rural Homelessness.

Rural Mentoring Toolkit

Rural communities have a unique set of strengths and challenges when working with young people. Close-knit neighborhoods, strong family support systems, and a strong community ethic combine with scarcity of resources, lack of opportunities, and vast geographical service areas to form social systems that require a tailored approach to service delivery. This toolkit from MANY, based on input from partners in rural areas, features concrete best practices and techniques to help rural mentoring programs succeed.
Visit the Rural Mentoring Toolkit webpage.

Strengthening Systems for Ending Rural Homelessness: Promising Practices and Considerations

This report from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) focuses on both the strengths rural communities possess for and the challenges rural communities face in preventing and ending homelessness. It also recommends a set of strategies for consideration for rural communities that want to build a comprehensive response to homelessness in their area.
Download Strengthening Systems for Ending Rural Homelessness: Promising Practices and Considerations.

Student Mobility in Rural Communities: What Are the Implications for Student Achievement?

This article from the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory provides readers with a thorough understanding of student mobility, demonstrates the prevalence of mobility and its effect on students and schools, and highlights federal, state, and local initiatives to address student mobility. Also provided are suggestions, strategies, and additional resources that can be used by virtually any district in its efforts to comply with the McKinney-Vento Act.
Download Student Mobility in Rural Communities: What Are the Implications for Student Achievement?.