Health services, remote learning and other resources present a challenge for rural Americans experiencing homelessness, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. As schools have transitioned to remote classwork instead of in-person, they have had a difficult time determining if students who don’t have a permanent home are keeping up.
In rural areas it can be difficult to determine how many people and children need assistance.
“We have people across Idaho that are staying in riverbeds and canyons, in caves, in the deep forest,” said Brady Ellis, vice president of Housing Support Programs at Idaho Housing and Finance Association. “So it can be very challenging to identify those individuals out there.”
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