Knoxville mayor seeks public input on homelessness plan

Knoxville mayor seeks public input on homelessness plan


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero is seeking public input on a newly released plan to address homelessness in the city.

The mayor convened a new Mayor's Roundtable on Homelessness to create the plan, bringing together leadership of agencies, ministries and organizations that provide services, shelter and housing for people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness in Knoxville.

The mayor and city staff worked with the roundtable's members to pull together strategies, public input and federal resources and requirements into a plan that makes sense for Knoxville.

Rogero says the plan focuses on preventing homelessness and helping those who have become homeless find stable, permanent housing, so that they can reconnect with and contribute back to the community. Its strategies emphasize collaboration and accountability for all partners in the effort, from homeless individuals to service agencies and local government.

The city will conduct a public input session on at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the Cansler Family YMCA, 616 Jessamine St.  A City Council workshop on the proposed plan will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building.


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