Idaho Policy Institute Interim Director Vanessa Fry was quoted in the article, “Homeless people in rural America struggle to find help,” which explores why there is a shortage of shelters in some areas.
From the article:
Complicating access to services for rural homeless people has been a shift in federal policy away from temporary shelters toward permanent housing, which has affected the funding shelters receive.
“Several years ago, there was a huge move away from supporting transitional housing,” said Vanessa Fry, interim director of the Idaho Policy Institute at Boise State University. “Funding was moved. Prioritization moved to permanent supportive housing.”