Thursday, March 15, 2007

Homeless Organize: "Without Housing"

This is an experience you can’t miss. Some think that we, as homeless, are too visible and are working to move us away from sight, services away from downtown or incarcerate us for our “own good and safety”, We want to leave the streets if we can afford a safe place to live and call home. WITHOUT HOUSING, is our step to make us visible. To show that we are here to stay until, WE, as a community change how we deal with issues of poverty and make sure that affordable housing is really affordable for everyone.

WITHOUT HOUSING will take place in front of City Hall because our leaders- our Mayor and our Metro Council- work there and need to witness first hand the ramifications of housing policy. There are workable solutions that we can all solve together, providing people with a basic human right, housing. Meanwhile, we save taxpayer dollars by keeping us out of costly institutions such as jail, ER, and the hospital.

WITHOUT HOUSING will occur on the night of Metro Council so that we can engage with our Council members directly, before, during and after the Council meeting.

WITHOUT HOUSING begins on March 20th, 3 days before Mayor Purcell’s budget address on Friday, March 23rd, and we hope to raise awareness that he has the opportunity to help many of us who will be there Tuesday night, to get housing by putting $2.3 Million in the city budget for 200 units of housing for homeless people. The Homeless Commission has already approved 50 units and the Mayor is looking to make the full 200 happen. LET’S HELP HIM LOOK!

TUESDAY, MARCH 20th, Public Square Park

2:00pm – 5:00pm
Pre-Program Set-Up, Come help us set up, we need as many volunteers as possible.

5:00pm – 7:00pm
Orienations, non-violence trainings
Educational workshops
Letter Writing to the Mayor and YOUR Council Members
Letter Delivery and informal visits with Council Members
Educational Workshops on Homelessness

5:30pm - Press Conference

7:00pm – 9:00pm
Discussion Groups: Why are we “WITHOUT HOUSING”
Continue Letter Writing

9:00pm – 11:00pm
Special Guest Speakers and Musical Artists to be announced
International Spokesperson for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign
Preparation for URBAN PLUNGE

11pm - Morning URBAN PLUNGE
Urban Plunge is an opportunity for people who have never experienced homeless to do so with the added safety of homeless guides. From 11pm until the morning you have to find a place to sleep. Leaders of WITHOUT HOUSING will help you find a place to sleep somewhere in the city of Nashville. The shelters will be closed unless it goes under 36 degrees. To get involved call us at 733-0633 or email us at and we’ll guide you through the process.

Nashville Homeless Power Project
Homeless Organizing the Homeless & Working for Solutions
42 The Arcade, Nashville, Tennessee 37219
Office: (615) 733-0633 Cell: (615) 569-4740


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