Mayor Cooper: Emergency shelters will be fully funded & 100 percent operational this winter

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Despite a decision earlier this week that would have closed Nashville’s emergency warming shelters for the winter, Mayor John Cooper has now ordered the shelters to be fully funded and operational by this winter.

Following his meetings with Metro Social Services and the Office of Emergency Management today, Mayor Cooper ordered Metro agencies to work together to fully fund and operate the emergency cold weather shelter program for 2019-2020.

“Metro’s emergency shelter program will be fully funded and 100 percent operational this coming winter,” said Cooper. “As soon as we learned that Metro departments did not have the funding this year to open the overflow shelter, my administration moved to address the problem. I am committed to protecting the most vulnerable members of our community, and I’m tremendously thankful to our friends in the many non-profit and religious organizations in Nashville who do such good work on behalf of our unsheltered and unhoused neighbors.”

-Mayor John Cooper

In addition to the continuation of the emergency shelter program, Mayor Cooper’s office has also announced the construction of a Permanent Supportive Housing Center located at 505 2nd Avenue North. The structure will include approximately 112 living units on multiple floors and will feature integrated voluntary social services designed to help those experiencing chronic homelessness in Nashville.

Part of the 2019 Capital Spending Plan, the contract for design and construction of the Permanent Supportive Housing Center was awarded to Bell & Associates Construction. The building is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. The Mayor’s office will announce a groundbreaking ceremony later this month.

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