History:The Knoxville Homeless Management Information System (KnoxHMIS) started operation in 2004 through the efforts of Dr. David Patterson, Endowed Professor of Mental Health Research and Practice. KnoxHMIS was kickstarted through a grant provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which remains a primary funder in addition to local funding. KnoxHMIS is a collaborative project between the University of Tennessee College of Social Work and the Social Work Office of Research and Public Service. As part of University of Tennessee-Knoxville land grant mission, KnoxHMIS serves as a community outreach research partner. As such, we endeavor to engage with our community partners to foster greater understanding of the social consequences, human impact, and other deleterious effects of homelessness. KnoxHMIS provides community agencies and policy-makers de-indentified data and analysis necessary for them to identify resource gaps needed for individuals experiencing homelessness to gain stability and housing.
Over 38,000 individuals experiencing homelessness have been entered into KnoxHMIS since operation began.
KnoxHMIS serves as the source on data regarding those experiencing homelessness in our community.
KnoxHMIS is a multifaceted enterprise whose operations address four goals:
1) Operate the information system for community providers,
2) Increase community collaboration to end homelessness,
3) Research trends among those experiencing homelessness, and
4) Provide a spectrum of reporting to community partners, local government, and HUD.
KnoxHMIS is facilitated by Dr. David Patterson (Principal Investigator), Lisa Higginbotham (Data Analyst, MSSW), Deidre Ford (IT Manager), Don Kenworthy (Trainer), and Gary Moats (IT Team Member)
9,339 individuals accessed homeless services from KnoxHMIS partners in 2015.
35% of the 2015 individuals were new to KnoxHMIS.
23% of those new to KnoxHMIS initiated services through partners providing homeless prevention.
68% of persons exiting programs (n=3,573) were placed in positive housing (i.e. owning, renting, permanent housing, or living with family/friends permanent tenure).
Catholic Charities of East Tennessee
Community Law Office
Family Promise of Knoxville
Helen Ross McNabb Center
Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM)
Knoxville Leadership Foundation
Parkridge Harbor/Positively Living
Volunteer Ministry Center
Volunteers of America
Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation
Church of the Redeemer
Mental Health Association of East Tennessee
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KnoxHMIS has been featured in the weekly newsletter of the University of Tennessee Office of Research and Engagement s part of their “2015 Partnerships that Make a Difference” initiative. KnoxHMIS has been selected as one of the University’s top 50 partnerships. The University of Tennessee Office of Research and Engagement compiled a series of exemplary[…]
KnoxHMIS releases the 2014 annual report which details statistics regarding characteristics and services of those experiencing homelessness in Knoxville-Knox county Tennessee. An executive summary is located [here]. The full length version of the report can be accessed [here]. For questions regarding the data, please contact Dr. David Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org OR 974-7511.