Nashville Vice Mayor Howard Gentry says the aftermath Hurricane Katrina shows how fragile living conditions can be.
Gentry’s brother-in-law, who is from Slidell, Louisiana, along with his wife, three kids and two dogs have sought refugee with the vice mayor.
Gentry made his comments at onset of the second meeting of the Metro Commission To End Chronic Homelessness.
“We all are just a step away or an incident away or circumstance away from being homeless ourselves. And here we are starting this initiative to end chronic homelessness and we see down south and in the gulf area, thousands and hundreds of thousands of people who are now chronically homeless. They don’t qualify as it relates as the time for being homeless, but you can’t get much more chronic than what we see here.”
Two weeks ago, citing a lack of representation, members of the Homeless Power Project walked out of the initial meeting of the panel. Yesterday, three representatives of the homeless community joined the group. One homeless man in the audience praised the commission for restoring trust in the process.
The commission spent most of the meeting discussing organizational matters.