Make a house a home

True story. A chronically homeless man was placed in permanent housing. It happened to be at a motel. But his case worker found out that he wasn’t staying there. Instead, he would visit another formerly homeless man and stay at his place. The case worker asked him why. “Because,” he said, “my house doesn’t look…

Tiny homes

So the Millennial and I spent part of the day at Meridee’s in downtown Franklin brainstorming about the specific project we want to target for The Big Payback in May. And what we decided was important and compelling is tiny homes for the homeless a.k.a. tents. When you hear the term “tent city” it conjures…

Making a house a home for the formerly homeless

How’s Nashville, the campaign started by the Homelessness Commission to find housing for the chronically homeless, has had a smashing success rate over the last year, putting more than 500 people into permanent housing. They’ve started holding residents’ meetings to encourage community and they asked CRC for some door prizes to encourage participation. What a…

Help for the homeless

Open Table Nashville serves the homeless. Many people think it involves only food, but Open Table is much broader than that. It’s mission is, I think, perfectly written: “We are a non-profit, interfaith community that disrupts cycles of poverty, journeys with the marginalized and provides education about issues of homelessness.” Especially the “journeys with the…

Homes for the homeless

How’s Nashville, the community campaign to end chronic homelessness, marked an incredible milestone – the project of the Homelessness Commission has found homes for 550 chronically homeless people in one year. That is truly a landmark. And here’s another great statistic – 75 percent of those people are still in their own home after a…

Let’s live outside ourselves

Where were you Wednesday  night when temperatures plummeted to 24 degrees? Most of us were at home – in  a house with a solid roof, a nice heating system and maybe a roaring fire in the fireplace. Gabe Pizzillo, the owner of Gabe’s Electronics, was looking out for those who have no home Wednesday night….

Let’s live outside ourselves

Where were you Wednesday  night when temperatures plummeted to 24 degrees? Most of us were at home – in  a house with a solid roof, a nice heating system and maybe a roaring fire in the fireplace. Gabe Pizzillo, the owner of Gabe’s Electronics, was looking out for those who have no home Wednesday night….

Our eleborate inventory retrieval system

Her name is Betsy. In case you were wondering, “we” (myself being safely situated at ground level) were pulling gifts for homeless individuals who have found housing thanks to the Homelessness Commission. During its recent “How’s Nashville” campaign, the commission facilitated finding housing and support services for 189 individuals.

A place at the table

“For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.” Matthew 25: 35-36. And CRC provided…

The mean streets of Brentwood

I am sure the world has been breathlessly waiting for me to weigh in on The Contributor controversy. Wait no more. The City of Brentwood has been trying to stop vendors from selling The Contributor, a newspaper focusing on the issue of homelessness, on medians or street corners in the city. It has cited an…