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Rural and Homeless: ‘I Had No Place to Go’

Homelessness isn’t just an urban problem, say staff of a shelter serving the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky. With poverty and a growing number of “love evictions” related to drug abuse, people from near and far rely on shelters and social-service programs for help.

Rural Kids Less Likely to Use Lunch Program

While more than 70 percent of eligible urban households take advantage of the federal school-lunch nutrition program, the participation rate is 61 percent for eligible rural households and 59 percent for eligible suburban households.

Analysis: Why Rural Hospitals Are Closing

Revenue for small hospitals is based on how many patients they admit. A new proposal would help rural hospitals get paid for performing other critical health-care services, not just for how many beds they fill. The change is an effort to…

46 Miles Down, 237 to Go

Walkers overcome rain, sore muscles, and horseflies to log the first two days of their 14-day walk to Washington, D.C. The purpose of the walk is to raise awareness of the threat of hospital closures in rural America.

White House Points to Poverty Reduction

TANF, WIC and SSI–federal programs that provide income and nutrition to low-income families – are more effective at reducing poverty in rural areas. But for the poorest families in rural America, Social Security is the most effective at…