April 22, 2021

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Jail reform housing opening in Knoxville historic Black-owned hotel

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The Knoxville-based prison justice reform nonprofit 4th Goal Foundation plans to open an affordable housing advancement for ex-offenders in East Knoxville. 

Entrepreneur Josh Smith, who launched the corporation just after his have journey from prison to prosperity, programs to open up the facility in the historic Dogan-Gaither Motor Court, at the time a resort for Black tourists, at 211 Jessamine St. 

Smith, with the assist of the metropolis of Knoxville, Tennessee Department of Corrections, Beck Cultural Trade and other companies, hopes the progress, to be called Dogan-Gaither Flats, will assist minimize Tennessee’s significant recidivism rate.

The property will attribute 16 1-bed room condominium units and will give counseling, perform placement, capabilities schooling and accountability for tenants. 

The historic, Black-owned Dogan-Gaither Motor Court hotel, photographed on Thursday, January 28, 2021, will reopen as affordable supportive housing for former offenders at 211 Jessamine St. in East Knoxville.

“I know what it is like to go away jail with out powerful supporters who assist you keep away from going back to prison,” Smith claimed in a push launch. “Dogan-Gaither Flats will supply a position of accountability and hope to give these adult men a probability at a new everyday living.”

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Design will start out soon after a groundbreaking on March 5. 4th Goal Realty LLC ordered the building final calendar year for $500,000, in accordance to Knox County property documents. The home is two blocks south of Magnolia Avenue. 

The facility will be managed by Males of Valor, a nonprofit that owns and manages a related facility in Center Tennessee identified as Valor Ridge. It properties about 90 individuals who have left prison.

A sign reading, “Work begins soon” hangs in a window at the historic, Black-owned Dogan-Gaither Motor Court hotel on Thursday, January 28, 2021. The former hotel will reopen as affordable supportive housing for former offenders at 211 Jessamine St. in East Knoxville.

Statewide, 47% of all people today produced from custody for felony sentences were being arrested again in three many years, according to a modern Tennessee Felony Justice Investment decision Endeavor Drive report. Men of Valor experiences the recidivism price is less than 10% for residents of Valor Ridge.

That same report confirmed the prison inhabitants in Tennessee has improved by 12% above the previous 10 years. A person of the activity force’s tips for reducing that quantity was to fund and oversee neighborhood companion re-entry centers or grants. 

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