The Obama administration announced today the creation of a challenge to city mayors across the country to end veteran homelessness in their communities by 2015.
Among a list of 75 mayors, county and state officials, Chattanooga was listed as the only city in Tennessee that has already made this pledge.
In April, Mayor Andy Berke signed an executive order that established a coalition to study veteran homelessness and then pledged to find a solution by the end of 2016. In this coming 2014-2015 fiscal city budget, Berke has allocated $125,000 to focus on helping veterans find permanent housing.
The federal government has pledged to provide resources to cities that introduce these types of programs.
Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...