Homeless Struggle To Cope With Cold Temperatures

Posted at 6:59 PM, Dec 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-08 20:17:45-05

Nashville city officials have their cold weather community response plan in place to make sure the homeless are able to find shelter during the cold winter months. 

"Our goal is to make sure that everybody who is on the street is in shelter when it's cold," Mayor Megan Barry, said. 

The response plan is a 4-tiered plan, with the first level being enacted from November 1st through March 31st, and if temperatures drop below certain temperatures, level 2, 3, and 4 are enacted. 

Each level of of plan provides more beds at shelters and more outreach to the homeless community to make sure they have a warm place to sleep at night. 

Still, the struggle for the homeless continues beyond finding a place to sleep at night. 

"We have like a wall that we see, but it's invisible to society and it won't let people that have fallen down come back in," Howard Allen, a homeless advocate who is homeless himself, said. 

Allen said while the shelters are a big help and while the city is doing more to help the homeless, there is a long way to go until the homeless are able to be provided affordable housing that will keep them off the streets, and keep them warm.