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  • Mention that we are task number 5 in the 10 year plan, aimed at providing outcomes and improving data utilization for planning community response to homelessness.
  • Explain the difference between new client and those who are active, e.g. accessing services -It appears that the rates of folks entering chronic homelessness is decreasing while those who are already chronically homeless are accessing more servicesWhat percent increase and decrease

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  • 1. University/Community Outreach Homelessness Research: Addressing Myths-Informing Policy
    July 14, 2011
    Dr. David Patterson
    Director- KnoxHMIS
    College of Social Work
    The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • 2. “What is the role of institutions of higher education in restoring social justice for disenfranchised populations …?”
    Ndura(2007)
  • 3. University Outreach and Research Model A Partnership of Neighbors
    KnoxHMIS is a community partnership between…
    UT College of Social Work
    The Knoxville/Knox County Coalition to End Homeless
    The Mayor’s Office of the Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness
    The City of Knoxville
    Knox County
    14 Local Homeless Service Providers
    and Comcast
  • 4. University Community Outreach Research (UCOR) – KnoxHMIS
    Creates a reciprocal relationship
    Extends the university’s intellectual resources in service of the community
    Produces experiences and data from the outreach research
    In turn shapes and informs the academic mission.
  • 5. Community Collaboration
    • KnoxHMIS provides the platform for inter-agency collaboration through:
    • 6. Capturing services provided to shared clients
    • 7. Coordinating case management across the community
    • 8. Allowing case managers to share case notes
    • 9. Tracking the history of clients’ experience with homelessness
  • 10. KnoxHMIS 2010 Annual Report
  • 11. KnoxHMIS2010 Annual Report
  • 12. Local Myths about Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
    They are not like us.
    Homeless individuals of east Tennessee are different from homeless individuals elsewhere, so outside research does not apply.
    They come to Knoxville from elsewhere.
    Most are mentally ill and substance abusers.
    Prevention programs do not work.
    Permanent supportive housing does not reduce costs.
  • 13. Myth – They are not like us
    The average chronically homeless person is:
    A single, white male
    Age 46
    Has a high school education
    Has never been to prison
    Is from Knox County
    Reports his primary reason for homelessness as loss of job
    Is not a vet
    Reports to be in good health in comparison to other people his age
    Images used by permission of David Habercom
    http://www.adriftamerica.com/Home.html
  • 14. Myth – They are not like us
    The average homeless adult female:
    A single, white female
    Age 39
    From Knox County
    Has a high school education
    Has never been to prison
    Reports her primary reason for homelessness as domestic violence
    Reports to be in good health in comparison to other people her age
    Images used by permission of David Habercom
    http://www.adriftamerica.com/Home.html
  • 15. Myth – They are not like us
    Average homeless adult male:
    A single, white male age 42
    from Knox County,
    who is homeless for the first time
    has a high school education
    has never been to prison
    reports his primary reason for homelessness as loss of job
    is not a veteran
    reports to be in good health in comparison to other people his age
  • 16. Myth – They are not like us
    Average homeless child:
    8 years old
    Accompanied by a single mother
    In a family with 1.65 children
    The mother’s self-reported primary reason for homelessness is domestic violence
  • 17. 44% of people experiencing homelessness in Knoxville have a disability.
    Images used by permission of David Habercom
    http://www.adriftamerica.com/Home.html
  • 18. Myth – Homeless individuals of east Tennessee are different from the homeless elsewhere.
  • 19. Myth – They come to Knoxville from elsewhere.
    83% of all clients had a “last permanent address zip code from
    Knox Co. or one of the surrounding counties. N = 3,859
  • 20. Myth – They come to Knoxville from elsewhere.
  • 21. Myth – Most are mentally ill/substance abusers.
  • 22. Myth - Homeless prevention programs do not work.
  • 23. Myth - Permanent supportive housing does not reduce community costs.
  • 24. Myth - Permanent supportive housing does not reduce community costs.
    N = 44
  • 25. Summary
    The overarching research and social justice intention of the KnoxHMIS university/community partnership is
    To improve client outcomes for homeless individuals
    Provide data and attendant analysis to enhance homeless services delivery and understanding of the population.
    Produce community-based research to inform policy decisions for governmental and organizational partners.
    Illumination of the social injustice of homelessness.