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2020 Rural Homeless Conference

April 29 - 30 | Alex Haley Farm


The 2020 Rural Homeless Conference is the nation’s only dedicated rural convening of service providers, leaders, advocates, and consumers working to end homelessness in the United States.


There are other challenges that continue to fuel the problems that create homelessness and a scarcity of affordable homes. Families are being displaced and tenants are being evicted at a rate that exceeds the number and availability of homes. Health and societal costs of the burgeoning number of people without homes is bringing corporations and the health sector to the table around the importance of housing as a public good.


Who is the Rural Homeless Conference For?

  • Social Service Providers
  • Community development organizations
  • Health-sector professionals focused on social determinants of health
  • Housing finance professionals
  • Philanthropic leaders working on the intersection of housing and other social issues
  • Government sector innovators and cross-sector collaborators
  • Rural housing practitioners

Presenting Speakers

Melanie Cordell
Melanie Cordell

Executive Director, Tennessee Valley Coalition for the Homeless

 Cindy Manginelli
Cindy Manginelli

National Healthcare for the Homeless Council

 Whitney Kimball
Whitney Kimball

National Rural Assembly

Brittany Garner, LMSW
Brittany Garner, LMSW

Associate Director, Rural Point Source Youth


Attend Our Network Dinners

The new “Networking Dinners” featured this year will allow housing professionals to make new connections in a more casual setting while learning about new topics in the affordable housing arena. RHI is offering the opportunity to sign up for one of three of these networking dinners, which will take place on the evening of April 29th. Please reserve your spot quickly. When they fill up, additional spots will not be offered.

Reservations have been made at a variety of restaurants in close distance from the Alex Haley farm to facilitate the dinners. Reservations are for groups of 8-10 and sign-up sheets, with the name of the restaurant and the general topic of conversation, will be available near the registration desk.

Click video for a sneak peek!

Tiny Home Community Film

Are you interested in learning about Tiny Homes? Well this film will blow your mind and want you running to your board, city/county governments, donors, etc. to help you create this model asap.

Community First, A Home for the Homeless, is a documentary introducing an innovative new approach to transforming the lives of homeless people through the power of community. The film tells the story of leaders and residents at Community First! Village, a 27 acre, mastered planned development providing affordable, permanent housing for hundreds of chronically homeless people in Austin, Texas. As the founder Alan Graham explains, “housing will never solve homelessness but community will”. Twenty percent of the residents at the Village have never been homeless but choose to live there as support. The Village also offers a variety of micro enterprises providing the residents an opportunity to make a dignified income.

Cost to attend this film and a Q & A with the Producer of the film is $15.00 per person.

2019 Conference Gallery

“Wow, oh wow, this year just proved that no matter how you work in rural communities, any creative person can seek the groundbreaking inspiration poured out from this conference. Absolutely can’t wait until next year!”

– Melanie Cordell

Special Thank You to the Rural Homeless Conference Committee

Without you, this conference wouldn’t be possible

Conference Location

Alex Haley Farm
1000 Alex Haley Ln
Clinton, TN 37716

No Smoking or Drinking Alcohol allowed on the farm.
There will be designated smoking areas.

Alex Haley Farm

1000 Alex Haley Ln
Clinton, TN 37716


If you have questions about this event or other questions about the Rural Homeless Institute, we would love to hear from you.