East Ridge representatives blast Chattanooga plan to shelter homeless in town as 'just wrong'

East Ridge representatives were surprised to learn that the city of Chattanooga plans to rent up to 100 hotel rooms in East Ridge to provide shelter for Chattanooga's growing homeless population.

Chattanooga City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward with the plan, which will help the city's Homeless Services Division provide non-group shelter to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among people experiencing homelessness, city of Chattanooga Special Projects Director Tyler Yount told the council during a presentation Tuesday.

East Ridge Mayor Brian Williams said he found out about Chattanooga's plan from a news article.

"The city of Chattanooga did not contact anyone in East Ridge prior to their decision," said Williams, who reached out to Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and his administration to schedule a meeting for Thursday. "After we engage in these discussions, we as the city of East Ridge will determine how we will proceed."