5 Ways to Help Rural Youth Get and Keep Housing

A rural couple sit in front of their home.
When communities are faced with a lack of emergency shelters, a rural host home program can be an effective alternative. The host home model recruits and trains rural households to host youth in their homes in return for a small daily stipend.

When unaccompanied youth seek housing in rural areas, they encounter unique barriers.

From lack of social services to transportation and funding challenges, the needs of rural youth require innovative strategies to help them find and keep housing.

And youth-serving organizations have their own set of challenges. When seeking funding, they struggle to have a client base sufficient for competitive grants. They also have to allocate a disproportionate amount of staff time and energy to transporting youth to and from appointments, due to the long travel distances.

In this slideshow we look at some creative solutions for helping rural youth. For more on serving rural youth, explore these NCFY articles:

“Primary Sources: Addressing Rural Homelessness”

“Youth Speak Out: Shared Experiences Help Rural Youth Leaders Connect”

“Getting Rural Homeless Youth off the Couch and Into Their Own Beds”

“Short Videos by Rural Homeless Youth”

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