Rural Homeless Institute

The Tennessee Valley Coalition for the Homeless (TVCH) has developed a research institute for generating best practices to reduce the frequency and duration of homelessness in rural communities.

We are helping rural communities use data and visual analytics to track an end to rural homelessness by creating actionable insights to aid policymakers and service providers in designing model programs that address homelessness in rural communities.

Our Goals:

The overarching goals of the Rural Homelessness Institute target long-term outcomes of lowering the rate and length of time of first-time homelessness and decreasing returns to homelessness by:

  • (1) improving methods for the identification and quantification of rural homeless populations that are living in places not meant for habitation (e.g., cars, condemned buildings, and campgrounds) or precariously housed (living temporarily with family or friends or in housing that they cannot afford);

  • (2) mobilizing resources and improve service coordination in rural communities challenged by fragmented social services systems, inadequate reliable and affordable transportation, remote and mountainous topography, healthcare staffing shortages, distressed economies, unemployment, low wages, and insufficient affordable housing stock;

  • (3) increasing service integration across systems to collect and share data on rural homelessness; and

  • (4) becoming financially sustainable through the provision of community assessments, training and technical assistance for homeless assistance providers and stakeholders across systems, public and private research grants.

RHI IS THE DATA HUB FOR RURAL HOMELESSNESS

Coordinated Entry System

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HMIS

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Dashboard

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Point-In-Time

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Conference

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About Rural Homelessness

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