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Rural Homeless Conference

Conference Ended | Oak Ridge, TN


RHI’s Annual Rural Homeless Conference is the nation’s only rural homeless conference, created for anyone with an interest in rural homelessness, including rural health practitioners, case workers, housing developers, bankers, human trafficking, faith based, hospital administrators, city/county government, clinic directors, social workers, homeless and formerly homeless individuals, state and federal employees, academics, community members, and more.

The rural poor do not line up at the local shelter each evening or stand at the street corner with a cardboard sign – their suffering is different, it is characterized by isolation, anonymity, and a complete lack of resources.  We cannot continue to apply strategies designed for large concentrations of homeless individuals in urban settings to those living in campers without electricity, in dilapidated tobacco barns, and in backwoods encampments. 

In June 2019, we gathering those who are passionate about serving these invisible poor– homeless advocates, case managers, pastors, volunteers, health care providers, food pantries, clothing closets, people of color, people of faith, developers, researchers – all those who want to develop and implement fresh ideas for securing housing, health care, and human rights for those in rural poverty.






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

Pollard Technology Conference Center
210 Badger Road
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Pollard Technology Conference Center

210 Badger Road
Oak Ridge, TN 37830


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