Office on Homelessness

Community Development Director

Becky Wade
bwade@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-2865

400 Main St., Room 532
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Michael Dunthorn
mdunthorn@knoxvilletn.gov
865-215-3103

Office on Homelessness

The City of Knoxville’s Office on Homelessness is responsible for coordination of community efforts to implement Knoxville’s Plan to Address Homelessness. This plan is centered on the principle that homelessness is an unacceptable circumstance for anyone in our community, and focuses our community’s aspirations to prevent, reduce, and end homelessness.

The plan sets forth five goals:
1.    Provide leadership, collaboration, and civic engagement,
2.    Improve the crisis response system,
3.    Create and maintain access to a variety of decent, appropriate,
       affordable permanent housing,
4.    Increase economic opportunities, and
5.    Improve health and stability.

Building from that, the plan includes a comprehensive set of strategies to pursue those goals for all local populations currently facing homelessness or at risk for homelessness. The full plan is available here.

To aid in the coordination of the plan’s implementation, the Mayor’s Roundtable on Homelessness meets quarterly. The Roundtable convenes the leadership of government, agencies, ministries, and other community partners to share updates, coordinate efforts, and to hold one another accountable for pursuing the positive outcomes called for in the plan.

The Office on Homelessness also coordinates, on behalf of the Knoxville-Knox County Coalition for the Homeless, an annual process to apply for Continuum of Care (CoC) funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. CoC funding supports homeless-related services as well as transitional and permanent supportive housing.

Links:
Knoxville’s Plan to Address Homelessness [PDF]
Quarterly Reports on the Plan’s implementation
        July – September, 2014 [PDF]
        October – December, 2014 [PDF]
        January - March, 2015 [PDF]
Homelessness in Knoxville and Knox County, 2013 – 2014 [PDF]
Knoxville-Knox County Continuum of Care application, 2013 – 2014 [PDF]
Knoxville-Knox County Continuum of Care project listing, 2014 [PDF]
The University of Tennessee College of Social Work KnoxHMIS 2014 Annual Report [PDF]