On the Edge of Homelessness: Rural Poverty and Housing Insecurity

This article, based on long-term field research in upstate New York, sets the problem of rural homelessness in context, explains the increase in rural poverty that puts more people at risk of homelessness, and examines some trends in rural housing that reduce the ability of poorer residents to secure adequate shelter. The nature of housing insecurity and the strategies poor rural people use to keep themselves from becoming literally homeless are noted. The conclusion is that the definition of homelessness should be broadened for rural usage to encompass poor people on the edge of or at high risk of homelessness. Additionally, programs to assist the homeless and prevent homelessness must be appropriate for rural situations (author).

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Rural Sociology 57(2): 173-193, 1992.