December 7, 2005 - Knoxville is one of
20 cities across the country taking part in Project Homeless Connect
on Dec. 8 by hosting a one-day event to link homeless individuals
and families with the resources needed to help them move toward housing
Volunteers from more than a dozen local government agencies, social
services providers, and faith-based organizations will offer medical,
dental and vision care services as well as mental health counseling,
legal assistance, help with various benefits programs, information
and referral for housing, haircuts and much more.
about homeless individuals will also be entered into a database,
with the goal of assigning each a caseworker to ensure their needs
are being met and services are not duplicated.
The event is at the Knoxville Exhibition Convention Center at
the Holiday Inn Downtown from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers will
begin reporting at 8:30 a.m.
Project Homeless Connect evolved from the Knoxville/Knox County
Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness, which calls for efforts
by the whole community to solve the problem.
The chronically homeless is defined as individuals who have been
repeatedly homeless or homeless for longer than a year. Although
they represent only 10 percent of the homeless population, they
utilize about 50 percent of the resources.
Project Homeless Connect is sponsored by the City of Knoxville,
Knox County and the East Tennessee Coalition for the Homeless.