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Dialogue: Knox County's Unhoused

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On September's Dialogue, a snapshot of Knox County’s unhoused population. What has changed from the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic to today? How is the current housing crisis affecting this population? What are the plans for the future?

WUOT's Chrissy Keuper spoke with:
Nate First, Knox Homeless Management Information System (KnoxHMIS) through the Social Work Office of Research and Public Service (SWORPS) in the University of Tennessee College of Social Work;
Kristine Townsend, Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (KnoxCAC) and CACYouthWINS;
Candace Allen, McNabb Center;
Michael Dunthorn and Shawn Griffith, Homeless Program Coordinators for the City of Knoxville Office on Homelesseness

Other Resources:

Phone numbers for assistance from the City of Knoxville:
211 or 865.215.4211

Knox Housing Help
Knoxville/Knox County Homeless Coalition
Volunteer Ministry Center
Knox Area Rescue Ministries

Chrissy is WUOT's News Director and host of monthly public affairs talk show Dialogue. Her first job with the station was as weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. She has been the station's local host for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered news programs; occasionally fills in as host for WUOT's Morning and Afternoon Concerts; and has won multiple awards for her interviews, feature stories, and Dialogue.