Help For Homeless Youth Across Southeast Tennessee
In Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley, homelessness knows no boundaries.
It is urban, suburban and rural - it stretches across generations, in ways both seen and unseen.
In Tennessee last year, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness says more than seven-thousand people experienced homelessness on any given day - including 353 young adults between the ages of 18 and 24.
In our area, the Young Adult Advocacy Board - created last year - tries to connect them to resources that can help.
The board’s members all experienced homelessness themselves at a young age.
Their work is part of Southeast Tennessee’s homeless response system, led by the Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition - which recently received a 2.2 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Wendy Winters is the Coalition’s executive director.
Brittany Stowers is co-chair of the Young Adult Advocacy Board.
Dylan Green is outreach specialist at the Coalition - and Mike Smith is director of system performance there.