Nashville, Tennessee (WTVF) — A major effort to find housing for the homeless community in West Nashville’s Brookmead Park began in November. The green area has been home to a homeless camp for several years.
About 45 to about 3 people live there, according to the city. Metro Homeless Impact Division launched a special initiative at the park last month called “Welcome Home.”
Last month, a letter was handed out to residents saying everyone had to relocate by January 4th for the park to close for renovations.
Counselors and case managers have approached the situation with compassion and transparency. They have allowed Brookmead residents to choose from the specific temporary and permanent housing options they have been given. , also provided a place to store belongings while transitioning to a new living space.
West Nashville Group’s Reclaim Brookmeade Park has spent years advocating for the city to restore green space. Metro Parks has begun internal repairs, but there is no word yet on when it will be able to reopen.
This is one of two projects that are part of the city’s new Welcome Home initiative. The next project is to house about 20 people living in a South Nashville camp near Wentworth Caldwell Park.