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Rural Communities And The Homeless Population

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Rural communities struggle to provide healthcare and shelter for the homeless population. The lack of public visibility of families in shelters receiving services that can assist with housing, adequate healthcare, and humane support to overcome the bias of homelessness in Bemidji Minnesota remains dismal. The notion of being out of sight in a temporary shelter leads to marginalization of these families as a unit of care. Rural communities must find mechanisms within healthcare to bring further assistance to vulnerable families to support the family bond.
Keywords: rural communities, homelessness, family as the unit of care Family Homelessness, Family Health Needs: Preparing APRNs

Families with children, constitute a rapidly growing population within the homeless, rural community. Trends regarding the number of children accompanying their parents or guardians during a period of homelessness, is upwards of 37% of all people accessing services related to homelessness (Moore, McArthur, & Noble-Carr, 2011). The additional burden in rural populations include the lack of healthcare providers willing to care for this population and funds available to provide services. Traditionally, shelters were temporary overnight accommodations for individuals, now shelters see higher rates of young children accompanied by a single or both parents for extended stays. This paper will look at rural family homelessness healthcare and offer a perspective solution to assist in offering health
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