December 3, 2015

Defining and Managing Homelessness in Rural East Tennessee presentation on Dec. 4

"Defining and Managing Homelessness in Rural East Tennessee" will be held Friday, Dec. 4, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the McGruder Family Resource Center, 2013 25th Ave. N.

Homelessness is a problem in both urban and rural settings. Rural homelessness can be tied to poverty, lack of affordable and adequate housing options, high unemployment rates and the remote and isolated nature of rural settings.

Individual circumstances, socio-economic structures and environmental circumstances can all lead to homelessness in both urban and rural environment. The Social Ecological Model provides a possible explanation for the perceptions of rural homeless populations. Presenters will describe methods for their study on rural homelessness, their results and future research and practice implications around how homelessness is approached in rural communities as well as how individuals are engaged in non-medical and medical services.

Presenters: Claudia Davidson, MPH, research associate, National Health Care for the Homeless Council; Velma McBride Murry, Ph.D., Lois Autrey Betts Professor of Education and Human Development and professor of Human and Organizational Development.

To RSVP contact Lexie Lipham.

Light breakfast provided.