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WHAT WE DO

With over 9,000 individuals in Knoxville accessing homeless services every year, there are many who are at risk of dying on the streets without specialized services focused on both achieving and sustaining housing. Homelessness impacts all of us as there is both an economic and human cost to our community. A focus on housing reduces this economic and human cost and allows those experiencing homelessness the safety, stability, and security to heal and address the deeper issues that led to their homelessness.

Our Focus Is On Housing
Annually, 5,000 individuals walk through VMC’s doors for services to help them either sustain their current housing or achieve housing.
 
Homelessness Prevention
Every year, over 3,000 households in crisis receive services through the Bush Family Refuge to prevent them from losing their housing. Annually over 450 households receive emergency assistance for utilities and rent.
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Ending Homelessness
Since 2007, over 1,080 and counting of Knoxville’s most vulnerable achieved freedom from the streets through the Resource Center and now have a safe place to call home. 94% of these individuals are able to maintain housing a year or longer.
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Reaching The Most Vulnerable
Every year, VMC’s Street Outreach Program reaches out and engages with hundreds of those experiencing homelessness and living on the streets of Knoxville in order to connect them with housing services.
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Housing Focused Emergency Shelter
The Foyer, VMC’s low-barrier, housing focused emergency
shelter, provides overnight accommodations for 40 people. The Foyer provides safety, shelter, and access to housing services to the most vulnerable of our homeless neighbors who are not accessing traditional shelter services.
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Permanent Supportive Housing
Minvilla Manor provides 57 apartments for formerly chronically homeless individuals with a disability. The average tenancy for a resident is 4 years.
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Dental Care for the Homeless and Low Income
The Dental Clinic provides comprehensive dental care at no charge for the homeless and low income in our community. Annually, the Dental Clinic has over 1,400 patient visits and performs over 2,500 dental procedures.
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