The Challenge to Human Services in Rural Communities

A sweeping report from the Administration of Children and Families (ACF) delivers insight into the rural-specific barriers to the agency’s programs – e.g., for housing, early childhood, and family development, Healthy Marriage, and Responsible Fatherhood.  Some of these barriers are well known and understood, such as distance to services and negative perceptions of public assistance.  But through qualitative and quantitative data collection, ACF researchers find details of how factors such as race, digital access, and housing are realized in the rural context and hinder the effectiveness of human services.