Formerly homeless residents have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving at Mercury Courts. Urban Housing Solutions will tear down the old property next year, and build a new one for current tenants at the Murfreesboro Pike location.
Mercury Courts was the non-profit's first project over a decade ago. They build affordable housing for the less fortunate due to the housing crisis in Nashville.
Residents like Robert Randolph were homeless until they found their way to Urban Housing Solutions.
Randolph said, "I was just desperate. Despair. On the street. Hopeless situation."
Residents like Randolph pay rent based on their ability to pay.
On Tuesday, non-profit workers hosted Thanksgiving for the residents.
Traci Woodberry said, "It's important because we want residents to feel connected to the community. We know for a lot of our residents, this is their opportunity to fellowship. A lot of them are disconnected with their families, and it gives an opportunity for them to fellowship with their new friends and their new family that live in this community."
Randolph has lived at Mercury Court for 6.5 years. He's excited that the former motel will be getting updates soon.
Randolph said, "I really am glad that Urban Housing Solutions is trying to do something to brighten up the residents' life, to bring residents happiness."
Urban Housing Solutions operates through donations and grants. If you would like to contribute to the project you can do that here.