Knoxville-Knox-County-Homeless-Coalition

Homelessness in Knoxville 2016 Biennial Study 

Since 1986, the Knoxville/Knox County Homeless Coalition has attempted to capture the story of homelessness in Knoxville through a biennial study. Beyond “capturing the story” the study is meant to incite and/or inform action to prevent, reduce, and end homelessness in our community. It is a phenomenal effort requiring a vast amount of resources, volunteers, and hours. In our last study, we interviewed 236 homeless individuals in various shelters, day rooms, and homeless camps. Each interview lasted, on average, twenty minutes, so, in sum, approximately eighty hours of interviews were collected.

 

We are currently gearing up for the 2015-2016 study and need your help. We anticipate the need for at least 40 volunteers to help with interviews. Volunteers need to be mental health professionals, case managers, or social work graduate students. The study will be held on January 27 through January 29. We need a bulk of that volunteer support on January 27th and 28th in the evening (beginning at 5:30 PM). The more volunteers we have, the better the event.

 

The Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office (1101 Liberty Street, Knoxville, TN  37919) will be hosting two interviewer training sessions, one on January 19 and the other on January 21. Everyone participating in the study must attend one of the trainings – even if you have participated in a training for one of our previous studies. Both training sessions begin at 5:00 PM and will end at approximately 6:30 PM.

 

If you can help, please respond to James Young (jyoung@pdknox.org) letting him know which training day you can attend.

 

Thanks in advance for your consideration (and, hopefully, your participation).

 

R. Chris Smith, LCSW

Knoxville/Knox County Homeless Coalition President





2016 Board of Directors’ Meeting Schedule

LT Ross Building CAC

2247 Western Ave.

Knoxville, TN 37921


“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

ALL MEETINGS TAKE PLACE AT 9AM

JANUARY 26TH

FEBRUARY 23RD

MARCH 22ND

APRIL 26TH

MAY 24TH

JUNE 21ST

JULY 26TH

AUGUST 23RD

SEPTEMBER 20TH

OCTOBER 25TH 

NOVEMBER (NO MEETING)

DECEMBER (ANNUAL MEETING TBA)


 


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 




ANNOUNCEMENT FROM KCDC REGARDING THE SECTION 8 HOUSING VOUCHER PROGRAM:

  • 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.
  • IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT KCDC IS STILL FOR PUBLIC HOUSING. 
  • PUBLIC HOUSING APPLICATION




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
KKHC IS SPONSORING :

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.

THE COST IS $15. FOR TICKETS GO TO: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/cost-of-poverty-experience-cope-tickets-16749061895


ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE COALITION :

PROPOSED BY-LAWS AMENDMENT TO BE VOTED ON AT THE MAY 26TH MEETING
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.




FAMILY HOMELESSNESS IN KNOXVILLE


MARCH 24TH, 2015

Presentation 

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.



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Leadership

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

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MEETINGS

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.
2015 MEETING DATES

                                        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


To join KKCHC, simply come to a meeting!