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Newsletters | September 19, 2006

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    POLICY  \|  DATA + RESEARCH  \|  TOOL + TRAINING  \|  NEWS + MEDIA Forward Editor: Samantha Batko    
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A Community Plan: Corpus Christi, TX

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The City of Corpus Christi, Texas, in conjunction with the Homeless Issues Partnership and the local United Way, developed A Strategic Plan to End Chronic Homelessness in Seven Years. It calls for change in the local homeless assistance system, and has outlined key issue areas and action steps to achieve a more efficient plan. The plan focuses heavily on improving data collection, prevention, and support services for formerly homeless individuals. Corpus Christi calls for increasing both the information collected and how frequently program effectiveness is measured. Prevention services such as discharge planning, income and wage increases, and improved case management are recommended with a timeline and benchmarks for success. Supportive housing is a primary element of this plan. Various programs are included in their action steps to ensure that individuals and families are able to sustain living in permanent housing.



Analysis of data from the American Community Survey (2005) by the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire reveals that rural child poverty rates increased between 2000 and 2005. The state with the biggest percentage point increase between 2000 and 2005 was Maine (+7.5 percentage points). The fact sheet identified five states— Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arizona, and Alabama—that all had rural child poverty rates above 30 percent in 2005. Only six states showed decreases in the rural child poverty rate, including Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, and California.

Substance Abuse in Rural America

Stimulant abuse (including methamphetamine) among the unemployed in rural America is seven times that of the urban unemployed, according to Substance Abuse in Rural and Small Town America, a report recently released by the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. The report notes that "Rates for meth use were comparable for rural and urban America until 2003, when differences seemed to emerge.” Another trend that emerged is the high rates of alcohol abuse and illicit drug use; this trend is particularly problematic among male youth. The report highlights the critical need for alcohol abuse treatment, especially among youth, and for illicit drug interventions to consider the special circumstances in rural America, such as “wide open space, limited funds, and a tradition of 'taking care of their own.’”

The report’s findings are based on the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), a nationally representative survey sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It is the largest and most inclusive survey about illegal drug use in the United States.

The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, non profit organization dedicated to solving the problem of homelessness and preventing its continued growth.

In Columbus, Ohio, family homelessness decreased 46 percent—from 1,297 families in 1997 to 696 families in 2004.

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