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