The assessment clarified that there are many initiatives underway in Memphis with the goal of ameliorating poverty by addressing housing, health, or human service needs. During the January site visit, the project team and a number of different stakeholders discussed the fact that there are so many initiatives in Memphis, which creates challenges in coordination and avoiding duplication of services. These efforts receive funding from a variety of sources (public, private, philanthropic); provide services from unconnected sources (e.g., branches of city government, county/state government, and local non-profit or partnered service providers); and employ different strategies.
Through an assessment of needs, resources, and efforts currently underway in Memphis, the research team, with the support of HHS, determined it could best assist Memphis stakeholders and HHS through gathering and sharing additional qualitative information about service use, concerns, and unmet needs among HOPE VI relocatees in Memphis and by recommending evidence-based best practices for meeting the needs which the Memphis service community is working to address. The project team has produced a summary memo which aims to provide Memphis service stakeholders, including service providers, local funders, development organizations, and city and county government, with research-supported practices for serving high-needs populations. Our hope is that this information will help local stakeholders focus ongoing and new efforts toward proven and promising practices. This summary of proven and promising practices is available in the companion document to this brief, Best Practices for Serving High-Needs Populations. The research team will also share with stakeholders the maps and tables and the findings produced during the assessment phase of the project.
The following section of this document is comprised of a summary report and findings from three focus groups held with HOPE VI relocatees in Memphis in October and November 2012.
"Memphis Final Brief.pdf" (pdf, 717.21Kb)
"Appendix A-Focus Group Materials.pdf" (pdf, 174.61Kb)
"Appendix B-Maps.pdf" (pdf, 3.81Mb)