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Part Seven: Housing First

In this first half of a two-part episode in our continuing series On The Outside in Chattanooga, titled Housing First, we’re talking about a policy that everyone we spoke to helping the unsheltered told us was the only place to start. Before they can do anything to help the unsheltered person, they first have to find them a permanent place to live.

One of the reasons that is becoming ever more of a challenge is because Chattanooga is growing so quickly. In fact, Nashville is the only city in Tennessee growing faster than Chattanooga. The population of the metro area increased by more than 80,000 people between 2000 and 2020.

Richard Winham joined WUTC five years after the station began broadcasting to the Chattanooga area and the Tennessee Valley.