The mission of Chattanooga Room in the Inn (CRITI) is to empower women and children experiencing homelessness to become self-sufficient by offering a temporary home while providing programs and services to meet their goals. Services provided at CRITI are free of charge and include a temporary home, one meal a day, referrals for affordable or free health care, personal hygiene supplies, referrals for mental health and individual/family counseling, life skills training and parenting classes on site, referrals and assistance with finding affordable housing, and intensive case management services with service planning to achieve self sufficiency. The 24-hour a day program allows the women and children to find stability and thereby increase their opportunities and chances for independence when they leave the program.

Services provided by Chattanooga Room in the Inn are offered on a non-discriminatory basis without regard to age, race, religion, gender or disability. While our residential facility is only offered to women and children experiencing homelessness, community based services such as case management and housing assistance are available to anyone experiencing homelessness by way of the Coordinated Entry System offered through the Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition.  To access the Coordinated Entry System, please go to
CRITI is a residential program for homeless single women and women with children.
Children over the age of 12 years old are considered for program placement with their mother with an additional screening procedure required.
Community resource professionals are required to submit a written referral.
CRITI is neither an emergency shelter nor a domestic violence shelter.
Walk-ins are never accepted.
Admissions may be made on an emergency basis when it is after hours and only when the referral is made by the police.