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Homelessness in Rutherford County is usually thought of as someone living under a bridge, but experts say the problem is broader. It includes the fastest growing homeless population—families with children living in campgrounds, motels and cars. This month, “Murfreesboro Storytellers” host John Hood interviews three compassionate leaders in our community dedicated to addressing the problem of homelessness: Dr. William Kraus, Scott Foster and Kim Snell.
The December 2018 episode of “Murfreesboro Storytellers” is available for viewing on YouTube at https://youtu.be/yAj1x0Ru6Ww.
A 14-member executive committee composed of various agencies within the community gather regularly at Murfreesboro City Hall to address strategies for addressing both emergency and long-term homelessness.
William H. Kraus was named the new executive director of Housing, Health and Human Services Alliance of Rutherford County (H3ARC) in September. In his part-time role, Dr. Kraus is building connections and support from the variety of non-profit and faith-based agencies currently serving low income and homeless populations in Rutherford County, including United Way, Salvation Army, The Journey Home, Greenhouse Ministries, Cold Patrol, Stepping Stone and Family Promise, as well as the many public-sector services in local, state and federal government.
Scott Foster is executive director of The Journey Home, a Christian community outreach center for the homeless and at-risk residents of Rutherford County. Journey Home provides hot meals, a place to shower, wash clothes and receive mail for those lacking a stable home.
Kim Snell is liaison for Students for Academic Time Leads to Achieving Students (ATLAS) in the Rutherford County Schools. Her offices are located on the Barfield School campus.
The December episode of “Murfreesboro Storytellers” features:
The City of Murfreesboro comprehensive plan, Murfreesboro 2035, contains more information on addressing homelessness in Chapter 5. The Chapter is available on the City’s website http://www.murfreesborotn.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2391/Chapter-5-Housing-and-Neighborhoods_060515_UpdatedDRAFTtoCITY?bidId .
For information on the City’s Community Development Department, dedicated to benefiting low-and moderate-income residents with affordable housing and other assistance, visit the City’s website at www.murfreesborotn.gov.
“Storytellers” can also be seen on CityTV Sunday, 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Monday, 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m.; Friday, 10:30 a.m.; and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. You can watch “Storytellers” on CityTV located on Comcast Xfinity Channel 3 & 1094, AT&T Uverse channel 99, Roku, Apple TV via Cablecast Screenweave app, and www.youtube.com/cityofmurfreesboro/live .
“Murfreesboro Storytellers” is hosted by John Hood and produced by award-winning video producer Michael Nevills.
To contact Dr. William H. Kraus, call 615-310-5173.
For City News online, visit www.Murfreesborotn.gov.