About Us

The national goal of ending homelessness began to take root in the mid-1990s as the White House and Congress began tracking the effectiveness of federal dollars allocated to homeless services. That goal was actively implemented through HUD field offices across the nation and through the strategic creation of Continuums of Care (CoC) and federal-state interagency partnerships across each state.

In 1999-2000 the state HUD field office in Knoxville identified structural and geographic improvements needed across Tennessee if homeless services were to be coordinated effectively. Those efforts included the 24-county area of east Tennessee. TVCH continues to work to fulfill our mission of bridging the gaps in the TN Valley Region! Our story is not finished, and we are excited to FACE the future and help those in need!



  • Named as Lakeway
  • Discovered and combatted ways to end homelessness
  • Covered 8 counties as determined by HUD (Housing & Urban Development)


  • Homeless Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing (HPRP) $1.4 Million Grant


  • HMIS participation increased from 5 agencies to 26 agencies


  • Assumed PSH Family Services Grant (Feb)
  • Created dba Tennessee Valley Coalition for the Homeless
  • CoC Governing Council established (Sept)


  • Won CoC Planning Grant (Jan)
  • Operating as $1 Million Agency
  • East TN Foundation (Monroe County)
  • 1st Hope Gala (Nov)


  • 3rd Annual Hope Gala (Aug)
  • Operation HOME Initiative cont.
  • SunTrust Foundation




  • Named as Tennessee Valley Coalition to End Homelessness
  • Continuum of Care & non-profit serving 12 counties
  • HMIS (Homeless Management Information System) with 5 agencies reporting


  • HMIS Administrator Grant


  • HPRP ended (June)
  • HEARTH Act CoC Program Regulations enacted (July)
  • CoC Committees began to ignite
  • HMIS Database Grant (Sept)
  • Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Operation Restore Grant began (Oct)
  • Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) began (Oct)
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) began (Oct)


  • 2nd Annual Hope Gala (Aug)
  • Operation HOME Initiative – “began”


Currently Renewed since 2010: HMIS Administrator Grant

Currently Renewed since 2012: HMIS Database | PSH Operation Restore

Currently Renewed since 2013: PSH Family Services