ABOUT US

Chattanooga Room in the Inn (CRITI) offers a residential program for homeless women and children. The CRITI Program's length of time is individualized to the participant’s circumstances and progress. Services provided at CRITI are free of charge and include transitional housing, one meal a day provided by volunteers, access to affordable or free health care, life skills training, parenting classes, mentoring, assistance with finding affordable housing (HomeAgain Program), and case management services. This program allows the women and their children to find stability and thereby increase their opportunities and chances for independence when they leave the program.

PROGRAMS

Chattanooga Room in the Inn (CRITI) provides more than just shelter. In the loving arms of our program, women can address the issues that brought them to our door, learn how to pave the way to a brighter future and never be homeless again.

CRITI PROGRAM

The CRITI Program is a residential program for homeless women and children individualized to the participant's circumstances and progress. Services provided at CRITI are free of charge and designed to help the women and their children to increase their chances for independence when they leave the program.

HOMEAGAIN

Chattanooga Room in the Inn's HomeAgain program offers permanent, safe and affordable housing for graduates of the program. They are eligible for case management and all the services they received in-house during the CRITI program.

Our History

In 1988, a study by the Chattanooga Metropolitan Council on homelessness found there were few options available to single women and women with children who found themselves homeless. Various organizations were invited to join in addressing this critical issue. Using the model of Nashville's Room in the Inn, Christine Morrison spearheaded efforts to recruit church and volunteers to host the homeless guests.The result was astonishing: Chattanooga Room in the Inn officially began on August 31, 1988, offering overnight shelter at seven area churches (Brainerd Church of Christ, Central Presbyterian Church, First Centenary United Methodist Church, First Christian Church, Hixson Church of Christ, Hixson United Methodist Church, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church). In 1992, Chattanooga Room in the Inn moved into its own facility and developed into a fully operational shelter open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.