About the Chattanooga Interagency Council on Homelessness


The Chattanooga Interagency Council on Homelessness (CICH) is a group of organizations and individuals appointed by the Chattanooga Mayor that plan, coordinate, and accelerate our city’s response to ending homelessness.


Chattanooga saw the power of unifying the community around a common goal through Mayor Berke’s initiative to end veteran homelessness, when the US Interagency Council on Homelessness recognized Chattanooga as one of less than 100 communities to have achieved a functional end to veteran homelessness. The Chattanooga Interagency Council on Homelessness creates a platform to build continual planning and progress towards addressing homelessness in our city. By bringing together not just homeless service providers, but also organizations that work to serve homeless individuals like foundations, churches, government agencies, healthcare organizations, and, activists we can unify our community around a common plan. A plan to get more individuals into housing first and deliver services efficiently and effectively.

We acknowledge past efforts and groups like the Chattanooga Blueprint to End Homelessness and the Interagency Council formed to carry out the blueprint. It’s been over a decade since the first Chattanooga Blueprint was released in 2004, and the need is clear for a new plan and coordination effort to address the issue of homelessness in our changing city that continues to live past City administrations.

To our partners that are on the ground each and every day doing the yeoman’s work of assisting homeless individuals, we strive to ensure that this group provides a platform for you to build new partnerships, find new resources to grow your work, and makes your job easier and streamlined.


The CICH is the primary body responsible for

  1. Developing our community’s plan to end homelessness
  2. Coordinating all groups to implement the plan
  3. Holding stakeholders accountable to meeting goals outlined in the plan
  4. Building more accountability and transparency to the community around homelessness
  5. Unifying community resources to address homelessness towards a common goal and process


  • University of Tennessee Chattanooga
  • City of Chattanooga Mayor’s Office
  • City of Chattanooga Economic & Community Development Department
  • Chattanooga Police Department
  • Hamilton County Government
  • Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department
  • Maclellan Foundation
  • United Way of Greater Chattanooga
  • Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition
  • RiverCity Company
  • Chattanooga Housing Authority
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
  • United Health Group
  • Erlanger Health System
  • Parkridge Health System
  • CHI Memorial
  • Abba's House
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church
  • Southeast Tennessee Human Resources Agency
  • Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System - Johnson Mental Health
  • Community Kitchen
  • Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute
  • MLK Neighborhood Association
  • Fortwood Neighborhood Association