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Tuesday, June 24 2014, 09:58 PM EDT
Four Bids Submitted to Help City of Chattanooga with VRI
Four Chattanooga organizations want to be the city's top pick to provide social services and case management under the Violence Reduction Initiative.

It comes just weeks after the city ended any possible partnership with the non-profit "A Better Tomorrow" whose director now faces drug charges.

The city closed the bidding process Monday night.   Now, the city will have to decide who's the best fit to help fight crime.

"We want an end to the gang problem and we're trying to be proactive and not reactive," said Vincent Boozer.

Vincent Boozer prides himself on giving offenders and gang members a second chance.  It's why he believes Hope for the Inner City is perfect for helping the city fight crime.

"Get jobs, we help them with court, child support, court appearances, supporting them, just being a walk along for guys and helping them get their lives back," said Boozer.

They currently have a summer program to prevent kids from going down the wrong path. They also offer a number of intervention programs and services designed to help offenders find jobs and turn their lives around.

"I had a gentleman yesterday who not only got one job, he got two, so he's building his life back up and we just want to see guys be empowered to get their lives straight," said Boozer.

Hope for the Inner City is one of FOUR organizations submitting bids to the city. Each is offering to provide case management and social services under the VRI.

Jennifer Jackson with Tennessee Community Counseling says it's important to offer offenders an incentive.

"We want to sit down with those individuals and figure out what they need and then provide the education, or the mental health education or the addiction treatment that they need to change their lifestyle," said Jackson.

The city isn't saying when it will make a decision. But, Councilman Moses Freeman says the sooner the better. 

"We have to ensure that they have jobs, that they're getting educated, that they're living in the right communities," said Councilman Freeman.

Wayne Moody from Impact 1 told us on Tuesday that they will serve as an asset to the city in helping to fight crime.

Paula Williams from Altruistic ADR Services says she believes her organization can bring fresh ideas and help the city tell a new story. 

By Jerry AskinFour Bids Submitted to Help City of Chattanooga with VRI

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