Chattanooga churches answer the call: Affordable housing initiatives in action

Staff photo by Matt Hamilton/ Matthew Lanier, right, and his daughter Jewel, 6, offer tomatoes to Bevelle Puffer, left, at their booth during a community pancake breakfast and a farmers market held at St. Albans Episcopal Church in Hixson on July 15.

The priest felt torn as he watched the stranger rail against the prayerfully made plans being presented for approval.

"These people are telling us they want to drop in low-income, government-subsidized 140-unit housing," Patrick Owings told a half-interested regional planning commission from behind a podium in April, sounding exasperated while ending...