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Community Engagement Incentive Grant: David Patterson (2011)

Study of Housing First Outcomes for Formerly Homeless Individuals

The Knox Homeless Management Information System doubled the number of subjects in an ongoing study, thanks to support from the 2011 Outreach Incentive Grant program.

David Patterson

The study, focusing on the “Housing First” model of Permanent Supportive Housing, examines mental health symptoms, substance use, quality of life, readiness to change, employment, and education outcomes of formerly homeless individuals.

Based in the College of Social Work, KnoxHMIS is the only university-based HMIS in the country. It collaborates with other Knoxville community organizations attempting to eliminate homelessness.

In the expanded study, KnoxHMIS partnered with the Volunteer Ministry Center to to design the research, instruments, incentives, and recruitment strategies to keep the project within the proposed timeframe.

Courtesy Knoxville Leadership Foundation

Through the study in Flenninken Landing, the Volunteer Ministry Center gained programmatic evaluation and other information to share with interested community members. With the results from the study, agency staff will be able to address the local community’s concerns regarding the benefits and outcomes of this type of housing.For individuals experiencing homelessness in our community, the project may provide evidence for the efficacy of permanent supportive housing, which may guide program development and affordable housing policy formation in the future.

Courtesy Knoxville Leadership Foundation

For KnoxHMIS and the University of Tennessee, this university/community partnership has afforded the opportunity to research the emergent trend of permanent supportive housing as a strategy to end homelessness.

KnoxHMIS was also chosen as a 2011 exemplary project in the national C. Peter Magrath University-Community Engagement Award competition.