KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — 4th Purpose Foundation, a Knoxville-based criminal justice reform nonprofit, will transform a historic motel into affordable, supportive housing for ex-offenders, called Dogan-Gaither Flats.

Dogan-Gaither Flats will be located at the former home of the historic Dogan-Gaither Motor Court at 211 Jessamine Street in Knoxville. The flats will provide housing, counseling, accountability, work placement, and transitional skills training to males returning to Knoxville from incarceration.

“This hotel used to be used for a disenfranchised group of people, it’s now again going to be used for a disenfranchised group of people,” 4th Purpose foundation founder Josh Smith said.

Smith said 4th Purpose bought the property, however Men of Valor, a nonprofit focused on reducing recidivism among ex-offenders through “encouragement, support, accountability, and training,” will manage the building.

“People that come through this (Men of Valor) program, the recidivism rate is 10%, whereas in Knox County it’s 70% currently. So it makes a huge difference and gives a great opportunity for those that come through it,” Smith said.

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