Tennessee outpaced the national average in terms of one ripple effect of the recession. From 2007 through 2010, the number of public school students known to be homeless increased by 74 percent. The national figure was 38 percent. Even so, Tennessee’s official count may be too low.
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A new health clinic is opening at Nashville’s downtown homeless shelter. It will alleviate pressure on an existing clinic and may cut down on the number of people who end up in the Emergency Room.
For 25 years local congregations have taken in the homeless on winter nights providing a bed and a meal, but compassion is the Room In The Inn’s underlying goal.
Housing First takes the long time homeless, hands them an apartment key, and matches them with a social worker who fills in as family. But it doesn’t require rehab, and that’s made winning over skeptics difficult.
Nashville’s last homeless count reported more than 2,000 people living on the streets. It’s estimated several hundred are chronically homeless.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, wrench in hand, tightened the finishing bolt on a new parking meter in downtown today. Unlike most meters this one doesn’t have a parking space or require payment.
A brand new $13 million building in downtown Nashville will now act as a service hub for the homeless. Its mission is to get the chronically homeless stable and independent.
Some Antioch residents are upset they were never included in the decision to relocate a homeless camp to their neighborhood. Dozens showed up to vent their frustration at a three-hour town hall meeting Thursday night.
During the floods, a swollen Cumberland River washed away a homeless campsite in Nashville known as Tent City. Now, Metro’s Homelessness Commission and housing development agency, MDHA, are trying to keep track of and get shelter for Tent City’s 140 residents.
Nashville’s Homelessness Commission is looking for a new site to replace Tent City. A Metro councilman says the homeless camp, under an Interstate bridge near downtown, will be shut down before the end of the year.
Service providers for Nashville’s homeless have added more than 300 names to a growing list of the most vulnerable people living on the streets.
The Room at the Inn’s Campus for Human Development broke ground Thursday on an 11 million dollar center that will substantially increase it’s capacity to help Nashville’s homeless.