Samaritan Place

Emergency, Transitional and Long-Term Supportive Housing for Seniors
3009 Lake Brook Blvd.SamPlc
Knoxville, TN 37909
(865) 684-1880
Program Leader: Mandy McKay –

Samaritan Place, providing shelter and support for seniors in crisis, is one of a handful of programs in the United States where a complete continuum of care from emergency to long-term housing, as well as independent housing, is offered for this population.

Learn more about Samaritan Place in this video from United Way of Greater Knoxville.


Referrals and Eligibility

Seniors come to the program through traditional homeless shelters, hospitals, Adult Protective Services and other community resources. Basic eligibility criteria are: age 60 and older; not a threat to self or others; ambulatory; and able to manage daily activities with minimal assistance.

How the Program Works

Because homelessness issues are different for seniors than for their younger counterparts, Samaritan Place provides not only shelter and nourishment but intensive case management focused on that population’s unique needs.

Samaritan Place offers both short-term shelter and transitional housing services, which allow the guest and his/her case worker the time needed for appropriate evaluation and arrangement of the best possible living situation and supportive services. Through our permanent supportive housing program, we are able to offer housing to some seniors who would not be able to maintain independent housing without some additional supports.

Program Goals

Samaritan Place focuses on the core outcomes of increased control, decreased vulnerability, access to resources and an improved support network. Our overarching goal is to help ensure that each guest is able to live in the most independent environment possible that still ensures their safety.