When we say things like “Most of the homeless people in Knoxville are from around here,” or “Over a quarter of the homeless folks we’ve talked with here say they came here to look for a job,” people sometimes want to know where we get those ideas.
Dr. Roger Nooe is the leading expert on homelessness in our area. Every two years he and a team made up of homeless services providers, students, government types, and others who are just interested conduct extensive field research on people who are homeless in our community. Dr. Nooe authors a biennial study based on that research. The last one telescoped back to 1986, providing a detailed examination of homelessness here for the past twenty years. Click here to download your own .pdf copy.