The Homeward Bound Program promotes self-sufficiency by assisting homeless individuals and families in achieving their maximum level of independence through housing, education, and employment. A variety of programs serve the homeless and at-risk populations, while staff serve on a number of committees to promote an enhanced level of community services. Programs for clients include:
Resources Extended to Assist the Chronically Homeless is a HUD funded street outreach and case management program for individuals & families who stay in camps, vehicles, & under bridges. The purpose is to bring people into shelters and/or housing, while addressing employability & substance abuse concerns.
A HUD funded program that offers outreach and long term case management to individuals & families residing in homeless shelters or transitional housing. Housing placement, advocacy, parenting classes, budgeting, employability, & adult education are some of the supportive services provided. Case management is available for as long as the client needs to become self-sufficient.
Families In Need
A HUD funded intensive case management program for individuals and families residing in shelters & transitional programs to promote total independence from public assistance. Housing placement, employment, educational endeavors, life skills, and advocacy are all components of this program.
Emergency Solutions Grant
The ESG provides cash resources to the staff to better serve the homeless clients of the above listed programs. Items regularly acquired through this grant include housing deposits, first month’s rent, utility deposits, and other supportive services.
Individuals & families who become stranded in the Knoxville area due to no fault of their own & have a legitimate work or medical destination, may receive travel assistance. Proper identification, verification of home, job and /or medical appointment is required. For gasoline assistance, a valid driver’s license, insurance & current vehicle registration is required. This service is provided as funding is available.
Annually or as needed, staff engages in large-scale special projects serving our community.
Examples: Housing placement and case management for condemnations, disasters, and sells that involve multiple relocations of renters.
Staff Committee Work
Includes: Knoxville-Knox County Homeless Coalition, 10 Year Plan To End Chronic Homelessness, Knoxville Road Home Design Team, HMIS, 211, FEMA Board, Interagency Utility Committee, TN Conference on Social Welfare, Family Crisis Advisory Board, Grandparents as Parents Advisory Board, KCDC Appeal Board, Community Coalition Against Family Violence, Knoxville Area Transit Community Advisory Committee, Knoxville-Knox County Homeless Coalition Executive Board, Education Chair for Knoxville-Knox County Homeless Coalition, Coordinated Care Council, and Family Justice Center Partnership.