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In the cold: Chattanooga Community Kitchen could lose funds for winter shelter

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Danny Floyd, 62, sleeps on the covered porch of an abandoned building just a few blocks from the Community Kitchen. He says there is not particular reason for his homelessness; he just likes living outside. Photo by Doug Strickland. Danny Floyd, 62, sleeps on the covered porch of an abandoned building just a few blocks from the Community Kitchen. He says there is not particular reason for his homelessness; he just likes living outside. Photo by Doug Strickland.
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Homeless people say they have no choice but to sleep or rest on public sidewalks and in the doorways of vacant stores: There aren't enough shelter beds for them. They have been banned from homeless camps located in hard-to-see places such as a hillside near U.S. Highway 27 and along the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks. They have no place else to go.

"I don't want to live like this," said Tyler Edwards, a 19-year-old homeless high school dropout who was stretched out on the sidewalk under a tree. He hopes to get a caseworker, pass his GED and get a job.

Charlie Hughes, executive director of the Chattanooga Community Kitchen, said his first priority is to get homeless people in permanent housing that the homeless-services organization has available before the end of the month.

Then, in September, he will meet with other organization decision-makers and focus on whether the Community Kitchen will operate its 24-hour cold weather shelter later this year.

Read more from our news partner the Times Free Press.

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