Mayor Haslam said, "The city, county, social services agencies
and the faith-based community play major roles in providing for
the needs of homeless individuals. I am confident we can work together
better under Dr. Nooe's leadership to address their needs more effectively
and significantly reduce homelessness in our community."
The Ten-Year Plan of Ending Chronic Homelessness emphasizes coordination
among agencies serving homeless individuals and stresses accountability
for results. A cornerstone of the plan is the "Housing First" approach
that combines affordable housing with the support services necessary
to increase these individuals self sufficiency to enable them to
remain in permanent housing.
The plan focuses on the chronically homeless, individuals who have
been homeless for more than a year or who have had at least four
episodes of homelessness within four years. These individuals place
exceedingly high stress on the service system, and hamper the system's
ability to focus on individuals who face incidental homelessness
or are at risk for homelessness.
Although the chronically homeless account for just 10 to 15 percent
of those who are homeless, they are consumers of more than 50 percent
of the resources available to helping homeless individuals.
The plan also calls for full implementation of a Homeless Management
Information System, an Internet-based database that shelters, housing
providers, service agencies and others who work with the homeless
can share client information and better coordinate case management.
Dr. Nooe and his UT colleague, David Patterson, are co-directors
of the Homeless Management Information System, which was launched
two years ago with a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and
Dr. Nooe will serve in a part-time capacity to implement the program
and lay the groundwork for a full-time director. His position will
be funded by both the city and county and he will report to both
Mayors Haslam and Ragsdale. He will receive support from the City's
Community Development Division, particularly Mike Dunthorn who served
as vice chair of the Mayors' task force.
"I appreciate the commitment shown by Mayor Haslam and Mayor
Ragsdale to address the issue of homelessness in Knoxville,"
Dr. Nooe said. "We know what needs to be done and now we have
a blueprint to follow to do it."