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Knoxville’s Equality Coalition for Housing Opportunities awarded KnoxHMIS


Lisa Higginbotham accepts award on behalf of KnoxHMIS; image submitted

KNOXVILLE - Knoxville’s Equality Coalition for Housing Opportunities (ECHO) recently awarded KnoxHMIS their Advocacy Award. The Knoxville Homeless Management Information System (KnoxHMIS) is a community outreach endeavor the University of Tennessee College of Social Work and its Social Work Office of Research and Public Service (SWORPS). Dr. David Patterson is KnoxHMIS’ founding director and principle investigator. Program Manager Lisa Higginbotham, MSSW, accepted the award given to honor an organization that has worked effectively to enhance the welfare of the community through a commitment to promoting educational outreach and civic empowerment.

Higginbotham, stated, "ECHO’s recognition of KnoxHMIS speaks to the accomplishments of our innovative team who continually find meaningful ways to present data. We are fortunate to collaborate with partner agencies who maintain high quality data and use it to improve the lives of some of our most vulnerable in our community."

Launched in 2004, KnoxHMIS started and continues to function as a collaborative partnership between the College of Social Work, the City of Knoxville, Knox County, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and multiple community organizations. KnoxHMIS links homeless service providers into a secure, cloud-based information system in order to better serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness through the coordination of care and stewardship of resources.

KnoxHMIS serves as an empirical window into homelessness enabling programs, agencies, and the community to better understand this complex population and the outcomes of services provided. Sixteen years after its inception, the KnoxHMIS has 20 agency partners, representing 60+ programs offering services to our community's most vulnerable. KnoxHMIS websites and reports provide homeless service providers and the community as a whole a "picture" of homelessness with the goal of stimulating active discussions regarding policy decisions and solutions.

Through KnoxHMIS, Knoxville has seen increased numbers of programs, services, case managers, and funding for social service agencies. In addition to connecting Knoxville partners to ioin in collaborative problem solving, KnoxHMIS is recognized nationally an innovator in homeless service collaboration and research studies on homelessness.

Published April 19, 2019

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