Chattanooga Organized For Action Initiates New Poverty Reduction Campaign

Poverty Free Chattanooga

Monday, June 16, 2014

To raise awareness about the need to combat and reduce poverty in the Chattanooga area, Chattanooga Organized for Action, a local community organizing social justice non-profit, is launching a new campaign called Poverty Free Chattanooga.

Following the model of other U.S. cities with successful poverty reduction initiatives, such as Traverse City, Mi., and Savannah, Ga., the purpose of Poverty Free Chattanooga is to make poverty reduction and elimination a key public policy priority in the city of Chattanooga through partnerships with communities, businesses, organizations, social service agencies, and local and state governments, said officials.

One of the components of Poverty Free Chattanooga will be the coordination of a Poverty Reduction Task Force. The Poverty Reduction Task Force will be a group of individuals representing numerous and diverse communities, non-profits, and public and private sector entities tasked with developing progressive policies and initiatives that local and state governments, non-profits and the private sector can follow to reduce poverty rates within Chattanooga. The Poverty Reduction Task Force will include sub-committees, which will target poverty reduction in the following areas: Education, Health, Food, Housing, Employment, Transportation and Economic Development. 

Chattanooga Organized for Action will be reaching out to potential partners and those with a passion for eliminating poverty in the Chattanooga area. Poverty Free Chattanooga will be hosting a Poverty Free Chattanooga Kickoff event on Monday, July 7, from 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the Development Resource Center, 1250 Market St., Ste 2000, and organizers invite the public to attend.

Organizers said, "At this kickoff event, you will be presented with our mission and vision, procedures, and partnership/task force recruitment goals. Lunch will be provided. In addition, PFC will be hosting additional planning meetings as well as community awareness and poverty simulations workshops throughout the summer."

For more information about Poverty Free Chattanooga, contact the COA Executive Director Perrin Lance at 653-2393 or perrin.lance@chattaction.org. Also, for more information visit the Poverty Free Chattanooga Facebook page, www.facebook.com/povertyfreechatt.


Walnut Street Closure On Saturday For Building Maintenance

Walnut Street will be closed Saturday, April 1 between 6th Street and 7th Street for building maintenance. Hours of operation will be 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Parking Deck access will be maintained from the 600 block of Walnut Street for police officers and officials presenting proper identification. (click for more)

This Week In The Arts

This week in the Arts:  Thursday, March 30 Art Alive at the Hunter Museum An Evening in Havana at Chattanooga Ballet Permanent Record DRUM NIGHT at Wayne-O-Rama The Comedy Catch at ... (click for more)

Condition Improves For Man Seriously Burned In Apartment Fire On Tuesday

The condition of a man who was seriously burned in an apartment fire on Tuesday, has improved. Doctors at the burn center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center say the patient is now in stable condition and doing quite well. The victim has been identified as Jerry Carrigan. He is 73. The cause of the fire at Evergreen Apartments remains under investigation. (click for more)

2 Juveniles Arrested In String Of Burglaries On Highway 58

With minimal evidence to work with, the Chattanooga Police Department’s Burglary Unit arrested two juveniles responsible for burglarizing four businesses on Highway 58. The businesses were burglarized and vandalized in the early morning hours of Tuesday. In less than 48 hours a CPD Burglary detective was able to gather minimum intel, surveillance video and limited ... (click for more)

Chris Anderson Has Done Plenty For Alton Park

Three years ago today, I was canvassing in Alton Park. President Obama called for a day of action to help educate people about the Affordable Care Act and Chris Anderson responded by mobilizing his campaign volunteers to spread the word in the places in his district that needed it most.   I moved here a little over three years ago and the entire time I've worked with Chris ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Two Catchers & ‘Shaq’

Kids whose parents are active members in the military were special guests of the New York Yankees when they played the Tampa Bay Rays in an exhibition game last Sunday in Tampa. The Yankees had even arranged for taped videos so some of the kids could watch with the rest of the crowd as their parents told how much they missed them on the Jumbotron. Both the kids and the fans ate ... (click for more)