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Office of Homelessness

Right now, more than 50% of all individuals experiencing homelessness in our area name a lack of affordable housing, evictions, and physical and/or mental health challenges as reasons why they are experiencing homeless.
So, how is the City of Knoxville addressing those needs?
Housing info Crisis Response info Mental Health info Volunteers info People Housed info Housing Assistance info


More than $18M total with $9M for homelessness needs over the last two years

Permanent Supportive Housing for Chronically Homeless
Minvilla Manor (57 units - Volunteer Ministry Center)
Caswell Manor (48 units - Volunteer Ministry Center)
Flenniken Landing (48 units - Knoxville Leadership Foundation)

Permanent Supportive Housing for Seniors with a Disability
Dogwood Springs (50 units - McNabb Center)

Rapid Re-housing
Homeward Bound (Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee)
Volunteer Ministry Center Rapid Re-housing
Salvation Army Transitional Housing / Rapid Re-Housing

Housing Navigation

Homeless Youth Housing
Bright Futures (Knoxville Leadership Foundation)

Affordable Housing Investments

Housing Retention Case Management at Four KCDC High Rises
• City-funded Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) case managers work at Knoxville's Community Development Corporation (KCDC) properties serving elderly and disabled residents, intervening to help resolve problems that could otherwise result in eviction to the streets.

Crisis Response
Crisis Response banner

More than 16 Facilities / Programs supported by the City

The Foyer: Low barrier, housing-focused shelter (30 beds - Volunteer Ministry Center)
Non-congregate shelter (Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee - beds fluctuate, up to 95 households served at a time)
Joy Baker Center: Domestic Violence Shelter (26 beds - Salvation Army)
Samaritan Place: Senior Emergency Shelter (10 beds - Catholic Charities)
Street Outreach (6 workers - Volunteer Ministry Center)
Resource Center (Volunteer Ministry Center)
Homeless Youth Transitional Living Program (8 beds - McNabb Center)
Next Step Initiative Transitional Housing
Salvation Army Transitional Housing
C-19 Housing Assistance Program - Homeless Prevention (Connect Ministries)
C-19 Housing Assistance Program - Homeless Prevention (Urban League)
C-19 Housing Assistance Program - Homeless Prevention (Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee)
C-19 Housing Assistance Program - Homeless Prevention (Knoxville Leadership Foundation Compassion Coalition)
C-19 Housing Assistance Program - Homeless Prevention (HomeSource East TN)
Pathway of Hope - Homeless Prevention (Salvation Army)
KnoxHMIS Street Outreach Mobile Tablets

Physical & Mental Health Investments
Physical and Mental Health Investments

More than 9 Programs supported by the City

Centerpointe: Substance Misuse Treatment (McNabb Center)
The Gateway (Metro Drug Coalition)
Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center (Criminal Justice Diversion - McNabb)
• Co-responder Teams (4 teams - McNabb Center and Knoxville Police Department)
• Psychiatric urgent care facility at St. Mary’s campus (future program)
Interfaith Clinic
Mobile Meals (Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee)
VMC Dental Clinic (Volunteer Ministry Center)
Mobile Shower Trailers (Volunteer Ministry Center)

Causes of homelessness

Knoxville Q1 2022 Numbers

Causes of Homelessness

Exits to permanent housing

Knoxville 2021 Numbers

Exits to permanent housing

Quarterly data analysis can be found on the Knoxville Community Dashboard on Homelessness.

Page updated October 2022