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Chattanooga Community Kitchen ends winter hours early

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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- More than 100 homeless Chattanoogans are back on the streets tonight after the Chattanooga Community Kitchen closed its winter shelter service two weeks earlier than expected.

Overnight housing at the kitchen opened last November to keep people from sleeping outside in the freezing temperatures and was the only option for an emergency shelter in the area, officials said at the time.

But the shelter is being closed early, officials said, because the weather has warmed, and the 115 or so residents who stay each night need to be pushed out to look for work.

Case workers were worried about a handful of seriously disabled individuals, but they were placed in other housing this week, said Charlie Hughes, executive director of the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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