The Knoxville Homeless Management Information System (KnoxHMIS) has released the 2018 Annual Report on homelessness data, which provides a detailed review of persons who accessed housing and homelessness assistance services in Knoxville-Knox County, TN during this most recent calendar year.
UTCSW’s David Patterson is Cooper-Herron Endowed Professor in Mental Health Research and Practice at the college as well as DSW Program-Director, Professor, and Director of KnoxHMIS. Dr. Patterson states:
“The KnoxHMIS 2018 Annual Report on Homelessness is the product of the collaborative efforts of the University of Tennessee College of Social Work’s Office of Research and Public Service and our community partners. We cooperatively strive to collect information on individuals and families experiencing homeless, the services they receive, and the outcomes achieved in order to coordinate care, conserve resources, and shape public policy. The KnoxHMIS Annual Report reflects the community’s ongoing efforts to effectively address this complex social problem.”
Lisa Higginbotham, program manager for the project explains, “KnoxHMIS is an integrated network of 20 Knoxville area social service agencies specializing in housing and homelessness assistance. Area service providers input data into KnoxHMIS using encrypted Internet communication to link to a secure, central homeless information database. KnoxHMIS has provided data-base management, technical assistance, and outcomes expertise since 2004.”