November is the 30th Anniversary of the Homeless Coalition!

 The KKCH Coalition Educational Committee will be presenting a series called

 “Empowerment through Knowledge”



Below is a schedule for the series with topics, times and speakers.


 July:     Thursday the 30th 10:00 - 11:30

              Topic: Landlord / Tenant Law

 Presented by Legal Aid of East Tennessee:

·       Fair Housing

·       Victims of DV as it relates to public housing

·       Evictions            

·       Public Housing


Sept:     Thursday the 24th10:00 - 11:30

 Presented by Legal Aid of East Tennessee:

              Topic: Elder Law:

·       Medicare, disability

·       Guardianship

·       elder abuse

·       fraud

·       Consumer protection   

·       nursing homes

·       power of attorney discrimination



Nov:      Thursday the 19th 10:00 - 11:30

  Presented by Legal Aid of East Tennessee:

              Topic: Debts and Collection:


·       Super debts

·       Bankruptcies

·       Judgment proof

·       Cash loan places

·       Judgments 


  • The KCDC Section 8 waiting list is officially CLOSED.
  • We took 2502 applications over the last nine days.
  • 975 of those applications were done in our office (400 Harriet Tubman St.)
  • The remainder were done either on private computers or at an agency with some of the social service staff helping.  
  • Thank you everyone for the help with the clients we all share.

May 26, 2015 Board of Directors’ Meeting

LT Ross Building CAC


“The mission of the Knoxville-Knox County Homeless Coalition is to foster collaborative community partnerships in a focused effort that seeks permanent solutions

to prevent, reduce, and end homelessness.”

Adopted January 27, 2009


  1. Introductions

Gathering Times and Places


    1. General and Annual Meetings of the Board of Directors.

1.     May 26, 2015 – 9am CAC

2.     June 23, 2015 – 9am CAC

3.     July 28, 2015 – 9am CAC

4.     August 25, 2015 – 9am CAC

5.     September 22, 2015 – 9am CAC

6.     October 27, 2015 – 9am CAC

7.     Annual Meeting - TBA


    1. Executive Committee Meetings and Locations – All Directors are invited to Attend.

1.     May 19, 2015 – 9am CLO

2.     June 16, 2015 – 9am CLO

3.     July 21, 2015 – 9am CLO

4.     August 18, 2015 – 9am CLO

5.     September 15, 2015 – 9am CLO

6.     October 20, 2015 – 9am CLO


  1. Growth Exercise – What would you like to see from the Coalition?


  1. Committee Reports


    1. Advocacy/Interpretation Committee – to promote, implore, and seek support of the Knoxville/Knox County Homeless Coalition; to assist the community at large in understanding and appreciating the experience of homelessness and explaining permanent solution that prevent, reduce, and end homelessness.


    1. Networking Committee – to identify gaps and barriers to housing and services and to foster collaborative community partnerships and working among, with, and for agency providers to respond to those gaps and barriers.


    1. Continuum of Care – Knoxville/Knox County’s community plan to organize and deliver housing and services to meet the specific needs of people who are homeless as they move to stable housing and maximum self-sufficiency. It includes action steps to end homelessness and prevent a return to homelessness (HUD).


    1. Coordinated Care of Difficult Cases – a monthly forum for providers to share strategies and objectives regarding the “difficult to reach and engage” individuals who are experiencing homelessness.


    1. Education/Training Committee – to identify education gaps or areas where training is needed, to coordinate/facilitate training to the Coalition and or community regarding these various gaps, and to help keep Coalition members abreast of community agency offerings or changes through presentations at the monthly Board of Directors meetings.


  1. Reports


    1. HMIS
    2. Operation: HOME
    3. Mayor’s Roundtable


  1. Other Business


    1. Approval of January and March 2015 Minutes
    2. Treasurer’s Report
    3. KCDC changes and waitlist
    4. Bylaws – amendment proposal


  1. Education Committee Presentation


  1. Notice of Next Meeting of Executive Committee – June 16, 2015 – 9am at the Community Law Office.


Notice of Next Meeting of Board of Directors – June 23, 2015 – 9am at CAC.
May 12th, 2015

The KCDC Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is now open for Displaced, Homeless or Disabled applicants.

Online applications are now being accepted at KCDC's Participant Portal below.***If you receive an error please continue with your application.***

May 6th, 2015

Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE)

The Restoration House & Compassion Coalition

Friday, May 29, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

Poverty is an epidemic in the United States affecting an estimated 46 million Americans. Knox County is no different than the rest of the US. Though we have a thriving community with much wealth and growth, 1 out of 6 in our county lives in poverty. 

For those of us who do not fall into the poverty category we most likely have a very difficult time truly understanding what life is like for those who do. The Cost of Poverty Experience (C.O.P.E.), created by Think Tank, Inc., is an event that offers a glimpse into the lives of low-income individuals and families living in the community. It is a snapshot of the obstacles that are faced, the decisions that are made, and the consequences that impact these families every day.

C.O.P.E. represents the lives of REAL families who live in poverty who have graciously given their stories so that people across the country can be exposed to REAL people, REAL situations, and REAL barriers that exist. C.O.P.E. also captures the role that the broader community plays in impacting families living in poverty and how policies and systems help or hinder their progress.



Homeless Coalition/CoC By-Laws Amendment
Proposed April 28, 2015
Section IX
Section 9.4 CoC Planning.
Add the below:
(f) CoC Grantee Monitoring. This CoC will monitor and rank all HUD CoC Funded Projects following 24 CFR 578.7 section (a) (4) and (6) guidance through the development and use of a Ranking and Steering Committee. A performance improvement plan from a grantee agency may be required if significant concerns are identified during a review. The grantee will have a period of one year or one HUD CoC grant-funding cycle, whichever is shorter but not less than six (6) calendar months, from the date the improvement plan was assigned, to show improvement, as determined by the Ranking and Steering Committee. If the performance improvement is deemed unsuccessful, the Ranking and Steering Committee may recommend to the CoC Board of Directors reallocation of all or part of the grantee’s renewal funding for the upcoming CoC grant cycle.


MARCH 24TH, 2015


AT the March KKCH meeting, Gabe Cline provided an overview of the Family 

Homelessness survey results completed by the Network Committee last year. The report 

was sent to all CoC members. There were 198 families who were deemed homeless 

during the reported period with 30% of those families 

not allowed to be placed together. KARM is a dorm setting and men cannot be 

placed with women. The current shelter capacity is set for 18

 families. Family Promise accommodates some request; but the agency is not an 

emergency shelter. You cannot access their services by 

showing up unexpectedly. These families (54% equivalent to 200 families) were on 

waiting lists but, for subsidized housing, the barrier is

they continue to wait. 

For a copy of this report please contact KKHC

2014 Biennial Study Release
(Please see the "Resources" tab for an executive summary.)

The KKCHC and KnoxHMIS released a study on homelessness on April 22, 2014 at the Knoxville-Knox Couny CAC LT Ross Building at 10:00AM.

For the past twenty-eight years, the coalition has explored the depth and experience of homelessness in our communities.  Each study has been an empirical attempt to "put a face" to the experience of homelessness.  The KnoxHMIS data have been presented in an annual report for the past five years and provides information on the scope and complexities of homelessness in Knoxville-Knox County.

The KKCHC study looks at homelessness by interviewing individuals and families experiencing homelessness at a specific point in time (January 29--31 and February 5); whereas, the KnoxHMIS report includes date from the 2013 calendar year.

Each study offers a unique perspective on the landscape of homelessness while holding in common that homelessness impacts not only single men and women, but families as well.

Homelessness remains a persistent social and public policy issue that warrants community dialogue and effective solutions.


KKCHC elects officers from the general membership at our annual December meeting.  To elect officers, a nominating committee is formed, nominations are presented to the general membership, and a vote occurs.

KKCHC wishes to congratulate the 2015 officers!

Coalition Officers:

Chris Smith, Chair

Misty Goodwin, Co-Chair

Carla Kimble, Secretary

Lisa Higginbotham, Treasurer


are held at the LT Ross Building (2247 Western Avenue, Knoxville, 37917) unless otherwise specified.

Meetings are on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 9:00 am.

                                        April 28th, 2015 - 9 am CAC

    May 26, 2015 – 9am CAC

   June 23, 2015 – 9am CAC

    July 28, 2015 – 9am CAC

   August 25, 2015 – 9am CAC

   September 22, 2015 – 9am CAC

   October 27, 2015 – 9am CAC

    Annual Meeting - TBA

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