The meeting was organized by 1st District County Commissioner Robert Acuff in order to learn about the ways in which KARM has been working to solve homelessness in Knox County. The meeting had been scheduled for April 30 at the Carter County Health Department.
Acuff then set up an electronic meeting, using the Carter County site on Zoom. Even though the county courthouse is now open, the electronic meeting allows the attendees to maintain social distancing and allows KARM representatives to remain in Knoxville and still conduct the meeting.
Acuff said in an email inviting county commissioners to the meeting that “the the issue of homelessness is something we know exists in our county but as we are finding in this time of exposure to a virus that we were blessed to shelter at home. But what about those who have no home? Many with no transportation access couldn't make it to shelters in Johnson City or to facilities in which they could get a meal, stay dry or receive medical attention because of their situation.”
Acuff said KARM has been working with the problem of homelessness for a long time. “Reaching out to KARM an entity that has existed for 60 years and does this and more every day, is an opportunity we shouldn't miss even in these uncertain days.”
Acuff plans to open the meeting to the public and to local church leaders.
He provided a link to access Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4787669850. He also provided a link to a video about KARM at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HT4QvaA6OHM.