Call to Connect, helping residents with housing

Reported by: Shawn Lanier
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Updated: 8/12 6:53 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) The Dalton-Whitfield Community Development Cooperation setup a call and walk-in center to help residents with multiple housing situations.

Whether they were a first time buyer or with out shelter, they wanted to help every person that wanted to speak with them.

Phones rang at the "Call to Connect" event and officials answered calls and questions for Whitfield County residents when it comes to housing. Qwontessa Hill says she is a single mother and came for one reason.

"I'm interested in getting a house. I have two children and they need a home. Right now I stay in some apartments."

Before her meeting, Hill had questions about her credit and how to begin the process for housing, and she said she didn't expect much.

"I really just thought she was going to give me some information,” Hill said.

Afterward, when asked how did she feel, she said, "Happy and excited. I mean I didn't think, like I said, I really didn't think she was going to walk me through the process."

Hill wasn't the only one leaving with new confidence. The Criders are facing homelessness.

"We received an eviction notice, and so we have until the 18th,” said Lisa Crider

After getting connected to the Dalton Housing Authority, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

"Hopefully you know we will be able to get in there, and we won't be out on the street,” Lisa added.

For Tim Hudak things couldn't get any worse for him.

"I've been sleeping in the woods doing what I can to survive staying out of the rain,” said Hudak.

Truly homeless with nowhere else to go, but he was directed here and says now he's on the right track not only with his living situation, but also mentally.

Hudak said, "I'm really excited. I'm actually leaving here pumped up, and I have something to look forward to."

These success stories continue as they answer every call, and it’s in some ways answers the prayers of some of Whitfield's residents.

If you want to contact the Dalton-Whitfield Community Development Cooperation their number is 706-876-1662.
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