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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor

For Immediate Release
Study on Homelessness in Knoxville/Knox County Released
Homelessness Study [PDF]
April 1, 2013 - During the kickoff for Community Development Week at the Volunteer Ministry Center, the University of Tennessee College of Social Work / Knoxville Homeless Management Information System (KnoxHMIS) released their annual study regarding homelessness in Knoxville.

Homelessness ReportSome of the highlights from the KnoxHMIS report are as follows:

During 2012, there was a 14% decrease in the number of individuals new to homelessness in Knoxville. Individuals seeking services for the first time dropped from 3,264 in 2011 to 2822 this year. Strikingly, this figure represents a 36% decrease since a peak in 2010 of 4,394.

The picture is somewhat different for active clients1 a total of 9,388 individuals accessed homeless services from KnoxHMIS partner agencies2. This figure represents a 4% increase from 2011 (9,023). Chronically homeless individuals represented 20% of all active clients. On average, 4,462 active clients sought services each month from KnoxHMIS partner agencies.

  • 39% were female
  • 30% were reported to have a disability
  • 33% of those reporting a disability were classified with mental health problems
  • 22% of men reported primary reason for homelessness as "loss of job"
  • 17% of women reported primary reason for homelessness as "domestic violence"
  • 14% were children
  • 11% were veterans
  • 9% were female single parents
  • 7% were street homeless
  • 69% had zip code of last permanent address captured
  • 62% had last permanent address in Knoxville/Knox Co.
  • 78% last permanent address in Knox or a surrounding county.

    Click here to view the full report in PDF format.
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