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Help For Homeless Youth Across Southeast Tennessee

A sign that reads “Everyone Should Have A Home.”
Chattanooga Interagency Council on Homelessness
A sign that reads “Everyone Should Have A Home.”

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.

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