Appalachian Rural Homelessness: The Case Of Watauga County, North Carolina

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Carl David Jenkins (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Susan Keefe

Abstract: There are no regional studies of Appalachian homelessness because there are not enough community studies from which to correlate regional trends. This thesis addresses that situation by compiling a history of homeless service provision in Watauga County, North Carolina from archival materials, agency narratives, and community recollections. That community is then compared to other Appalachian examples through site visits, a regional survey, and additional archival materials. This research discovered that, in the absence of systematic alternatives, local community efforts begun region-wide evolved from grass-roots and faith-based initiatives into federally dependent programs developing along prevailing urban patterns. The majority of successful shelters in Appalachia developed in rural commercial centers already moving towards urban status.

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Jenkins, C. (2008). Appalachian Rural Homelessness: The Case Of Watauga County, North Carolina. Unpublished Master’s Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2008
homelessness, Watauga County, NC, Appalachia, poor, shelter

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