Since 1998, the Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition (CRHC) has been serving our region as the leader in maximizing resources for people living in conditions not meant for human habitation. We are a nonprofit organization that covers all 11 counties of our region, and we are governed by a dedicated Board of Directors and a Council made up of local service providers.
As the area’s Continuum of Care (CoC) lead agency through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), we apply for federal funding on behalf of the region for programs of local agencies that are committed to the goal of ending homelessness in their communities.
We also help agencies track their services through our Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), a database system, which can be used to run reports to show how their services produce measurable results and/or identify service gaps. The connection these agencies share through HMIS also helps to ensure that the community’s resources are being used efficiently.
Likewise, our CoC’s Coordinated Entry Process provides a centralized location where individuals and families seeking services in our area can receive a referral to a program that meets their needs. The process also helps to ensure that the most vulnerable of our citizens receive the help they need before it is too late.
CRHC is responsible for conducting the region’s Point in Time (PIT) count. The annual count is mandated by HUD for communities across the country. During the last 10 days of January, thousands of volunteers canvass communities, as well as count and survey individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The PIT count helps to ensure the voices of people experiencing homelessness in our community are heard and that efforts are made to provide appropriate services. It also helps us develop more effective plans and measure progress towards our goal of ending homelessness. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please visit the Membership section of our website. Be sure to also sign up for our Newsletter to stay informed on the latest issues and interventions.
We would love to have you join us in advocating for the current 600+ persons experiencing homelessness on any given night right here in the Chattanooga region by becoming a CRHC member. Please visit the Membership tab of the website to join us. We thank you in advance for your support.