Emergency, Transitional and Long-Term Supportive Housing for Seniors
3009 Lake Brook Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37909
Program Leader: Rhea Ennist – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact: Christie Sheffield, Case Manager (865) 684-1889 or email@example.com
- Contact: Marianne Sisson, Case Coordinator (865) 684-1893 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Samaritan Place, providing shelter and support for seniors in crisis, is one of 8 or fewer such programs in the United States where a complete continuum of care from emergency to long-term housing, as well as independent housing, is offered. Samaritan Place is, in fact, the nation’s only program offering a complete continuum of care 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.
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.