Hope For The City Called Strongest Option For City's Violence Reduction Initiative

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

Public Safety Coordinator Paul Smith told the Chattanooga City Council on Tuesday the organization Hope for the Inner City was the strongest candidate to handle the case management and support services for individuals going through Mayor Andy Berke's Violence Reduction Initiative.

Mr. Smith said the group's services would include help with finances, help with job search, job training, and mental health support.

 He also told the council that the organization's help would not be limited to those brought in because of criminal activity, but also to the families involved.

 He said, "Whoever else in that family that needs help, all of those individuals who walk through the door...will be served."

 Hopefully, he said, this will help break the cycle of violence. He said, "A legitimate offer of help is what they need."

 Mr. Smith also said it would be helpful to enhance the Youth and Family Development centers so that they include more job skills courses.

 He said, "Some people, you have to go get them. What we're talking about is getting them off the streets and into something thats constructive. And we can do it."

 The resolution to approve this agreement with Hope for the Inner City was approved Tuesday night.

The contract will not exceed $290,000.


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