The Salvation Army opens a shelter for homeless members who test positive for COVID-19

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The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga opened a COVID-19 shelter Friday for those in the homeless community dealing with positive coronavirus test results.

In cooperation with The City of Chattanooga and the Hamilton County Health Department, The Salvation Army says it's providing a safe and clean overnight shelter during the recovery period the homeless community members need to stay isolated and recover from COVID-19. Those requiring a more intensive level of care need to seek medical attention at Hamilton County hospitals.

“We appreciate the public’s support, while we care for those in recovery who have nowhere to safely isolate,” said Major Mark Smith, Area Commander of The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga.

“We want to ensure that all Chattanoogans are safe as COVID-19 continues to have a presence in our community and that’s especially true for our most vulnerable populations,” said Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. “I”m proud to partner with The Salvation Army to provide a safe space for those who need to isolate to keep themselves and the community safe.”

The Salvation Army says it is providing use of its facility at 800 McCallie Avenue and will manage in-take. The Hamilton County Health Department is providing patient care and monitoring patient and staff safety, while The City of Chattanooga is funding the operations of this emergency shelter and providing case management and housing search services.

“For the past several weeks, we have been preparing for this day. Through this unprecedented time of crisis, The Salvation Army is committed to serving those who need our help,” added Major Smith.

In addition to the emergency overnight shelter, The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga continues to provide food bags, utility and rent assistance and more for those needing help due to the coronavirus and the Easter tornadoes that swept through the area. In Cleveland, The Salvation Army continues to provide showers on a limited basis for the homeless community along with social services.

“The community has been generous with their donations,” Smith added. “This support has allowed us to assist families in need during these uncertain times.” As the largest provider of poverty relief, The Salvation Army anticipates additional funding needs in order to meet the increased demand for services.

To contribute to The Salvation Army’s efforts, visit If you are in need, please call 423-756-1023 and ask for the social services offices.