Roger Nooe, College of Social Work professor emeritus and social services director for the Community Law Office, spoke to several media outlets about the Knoxville Homeless Management Information System’s 2015 annual report, released in early July. He began the semiannual study sixteen years ago.
A third of the homeless populations have been victims of crime while they were homeless. Around 70 percent had been incarcerated while homeless.
In the News Sentinel article, Nooe said, “Those with a mental illness spent more time incarcerated than those without a mental illness. That’s something we’ve long suspected. … What I think this underscores is how costly homelessness is if we don’t do something about it.”