Torch Blog2023-12-07T18:39:56+00:00

Lack of a Permanent Address is a Cyclical Barrier

May 14th, 2024|Homeless Advocacy|

For most of us, filling out a job application or a school registration form may be tedious. But we don’t often worry about what to put on the “address” portion of these documents. When you are homeless, however, not having a permanent address is not only conspicuous on an application [...]

Fill the GAPS by Working with Other Agencies

April 9th, 2024|Homeless Advocacy|

Politicians and the media often seem to focus on the costs of homelessness as these expenses relate to taxpayers. But there are hidden costs in homelessness to the unhoused individual that many officials don’t often consider. Homelessness can adversely affect virtually every aspect of a person’s life. Not only are [...]

For the Homeless, Housing is Healthcare

March 12th, 2024|Homeless Advocacy|

During the 2016 presidential election, candidates in the Democratic primary routinely discussed the merits of universal healthcare versus the current system of private health insurance. But for the nation’s more than 650,000 homeless people, having a residence would automatically improve their healthcare situation by sheltering them from the elements. It [...]

From Hotels to Housing First: TORCH Has Grown Throughout the Years

January 9th, 2024|TORCH History|

When Tennessee Out-Reach Center for Homeless (TORCH) Founder Sheila Michel looked around Anderson County in 2012, she saw that many of the county’s homeless had to go to Knox County to get substantial help, and she knew she had to step in. So, she opened what was then known as [...]

TORCH lights the way toward housing homeless families in Anderson County

August 29th, 2023|TORCH News|

Oak Ridge, Tennessee homeless assistance group wants to share their model with other communities as a solution to the challenges housing advocates face Tennessee Out-Reach Center for Homeless (TORCH) shares its unique approach to quickly getting homeless families off the street with other communities that face similar housing challenges. [...]

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