Press Release –
The Chattanooga City Council unanimously approved the use of $60,000 in federal American Rescue Plan funds to help rapidly rehouse up to 100 residents currently experiencing homelessness.
The funds will go to the Chattanooga Housing Authority as part of an agreement to provide housing to residents with no income at the cost of $600 per person, per year. Once the residents are housed, the City’s Office of Homelessness and Supportive Housing will provide them with wraparound services and support to help them stabilize and find employment.
In addition to covering the $50 per month rental cost of the units, the $60,000 in funding may also be used to cover move-in costs and back rent to the Chattanooga Housing Authority.
The city plans to offer the majority of the housing units to residents who vacated the 11th street homeless encampment in early June. All residents of the 11th street encampment were offered a referral to a new temporary sanctioned encampment on 12th street and a referral to work toward permanent housing through the Chattanooga Housing Authority. Those who declined were offered a new tent and relocation assistance.