Emergency, Transitional and Long-Term Supportive Housing for Seniors
Knoxville, TN 37909
Program Manager: Joy McNeil – 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, now in its 14th year of providing shelter and support for very-low income seniors, is one of 12 or fewer such programs in the United States. To our knowledge, Samaritan Place is, in fact, the nation’s only program offering a complete continuum of care, from emergency to long-term housing, for this population.
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 55 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 long-term supportive housing program, we are able to offer housing to some seniors for whom safe and affordable housing and support services cannot be secured in the broader community.
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.