Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Homeless Respond to Mayor's Address

The Nashville Homeless Power Project met with Mayor Bill Purcell in our office yesterday, March 22nd, 2007. He confirmed that he will only be recommending $450,000 to go toward homeless housing in the Capitol Budget in addition to the $150,000 that has already been submitted in the General Operating Budget. This is only ¼ of the funds requested to help fund 200 units of housing in this coming budget year.

We appreciate that the Mayor has increased funds for homeless more than any other Mayor in Nashville history. Unfortunately, these funds have been targeted at services and not toward housing, the root cause of homelessness.


Mayor Bill Purcell will deliver his eighth and final State of Metro address on the Public Square at 8 am on Thursday, May 24. The event is free and open to the public. The State of the Metro Address should address the most critical needs of the city and what the Mayor and City has done to address it. At the Nashville Homeless Power Project we know that with over 50,000 families that are in poverty in Nashville and paying over 50% of their income toward housing and with over 3,500 people in Nashville without homes, that homelessness must be addressed as part of the State of the Metro.

John Zirker, President of the Nashville Homeless Power Project shares: “We will be present for the Mayor’s State of the Metro because the issues of our members are a direct result of the “state of our city” and need to be addressed.”

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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