Budgetel Fallout Continues, Woman Faces Homelessness

UPDATE: The Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition has responded, saying they have extended the stay for the remaining Budgetel renters.

Mackenzie Kelly works at the Homeless Coalition and says they have extended for an additional week and are “prioritizing the medically fragile.”

Kelly also says that Tabatha Wynos is working with a case worker from the Office of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, who are actively trying to find her a more permanent housing solution.


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – It’s been 2 months since the Budgetel Inn shut down, abruptly displacing 188 adults and 106 children.

Tabatha Wynos, among other Budgetel renters, is staying at a Super 8 motel in Lookout Valley, paid for by the Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition.

“The Homeless Coalition assured me when they moved me over here that I wouldn’t have to be concerned with having a roof over my head because of my health,” Wynos said. “And then, a few days ago, I started getting text messages and everything telling me they couldn’t do anything to help.”

Tabatha has congestive heart failure and is in stage-4 kidney failure. She also has a paralyzed left arm.

She said the Homeless Coalition is no longer able to pay for her housing after Wednesday.

Wynos also said once she’s out of the motel, she has nowhere else to go, saying, “I can’t get off my oxygen at all. If I get put out of here on the street, I won’t live.” Not having a permanent place to stay is impacting her health even more, she said, “I just wish I could get into a place and get settled because I can’t keep living like this.”

News 12 reached out to the Homeless Coalition, but hasn’t heard back yet.


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