Casey Foundation and Partners Support Federal Effort to Reduce Poverty in Rural Communities

Posted October 5, 2015
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Blog Casey Foundationand Paretners Support Federal Effort 2015

Last fall, the U.S. depart­ments of Agri­cul­ture and Health and Human Ser­vices launched a nation­al demon­stra­tion project that takes a two-gen­er­a­tion approach to com­bat­ing pover­ty in rur­al areas.

As part of this project, 10 rur­al and trib­al com­mu­ni­ties from around the coun­try will explore ways for fed­er­al agen­cies to work togeth­er in address­ing the needs of par­ents and their chil­dren, coor­di­nat­ing health, employ­ment and train­ing and oth­er pro­grams and ser­vices. This approach rec­og­nizes the impor­tance of bring­ing togeth­er such pro­grams to take the whole fam­i­ly into account so that par­ents and chil­dren can suc­ceed together.

About 1.5 mil­lion chil­dren in rur­al areas — which tend to be more iso­lat­ed from key resources — live in pover­ty. The rur­al child pover­ty rate con­sis­tent­ly exceeds the rate for urban kids and has been on the rise since 2008. In addi­tion, about 80% of the nation’s coun­ties with per­sis­tent child pover­ty — that is, with rates of at least 20% over the past three decades — are rural.

Sev­er­al foun­da­tions, includ­ing Casey, are sup­port­ing this project, pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal assis­tance and guid­ance to the sites on issues rang­ing from res­i­dent engage­ment to income sup­port pro­grams to ear­ly child­hood edu­ca­tion, as well as mak­ing the case for effec­tive strate­gies. The Foun­da­tion plans to pro­vide sup­port through peer learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for the sites and in help­ing them build evi­dence on how this approach helps kids and fam­i­lies thrive. 

Learn more about this new project.

Addi­tion­al Resources

Rur­al Pover­ty Demographics
About the Launch of Rur­al Impact
Oppor­tu­ni­ty for All: Fight­ing Rur­al Child Poverty

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