Chattanooga voting on financial contribution to Budgetel families

City, Hamilton County voting on up to $100,000 in aid as Christmas looms

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — The Chattanooga City Council will vote Tuesday night on a resolution that would further aid families who were evicted last month from the Budgetel Inn.

Should the resolution pass, the city would contribute $50,000 to the city’s Regional Homeless Coalition.

Those funds would then aid those still searching for permanent housing.

“Without immediate intervention, we’re going to have more than 100 families who are going to become homeless the week before Christmas,” said Ellis Smith, Chattanooga’s Director of Special Projects. “The Homeless Coalition estimates that it’s going to take three months to get everybody housed permanantly. They are making progress — I believe they’ve housed more than a dozen folks so far.”

Chattanooga’s Kirsten Yates says the resolution is part of an interlocal agreement with Hamilton County, who could contribute another $50,000.

Smith says private donations from the community have also helped keep families housed.

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