South Nashville Micro Homes Will Help Homeless Most At Risk Of Dying

Posted at 6:03 PM, Mar 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-06 20:21:43-05

Open Table Nashville has partnered with several other agencies to build nearly two dozen micro homes on a South Nashville church's property.

The project, called The Village at Glencliff, will mean 22 homes between 200 and 400 square feet, each with its own kitchen and bathroom.

Open Table has planned to house those most at risk of dying on the streets.

"We have had four people in the last two weeks pass away on the street because they had medical conditions that they could not tend to by themselves, that they couldn't tend to while they were living outdoors in the elements," said Ingrid McIntyre, executive director of Open Table Nashville.

McIntyre said 87 people died on Nashville's streets in 2016.

"These are my friends that I know and love, and so when we do funerals and have to say goodbye and see people everyday whose lives could have gone on for longer had they been in housing, it makes me sad," McIntyre said.

The homes will be built on unused land at Glencliff United Methodist Church. Each resident will go through an application process, but there will not be a limit on how long residents can stay.

Instead, they'll work with specialists to find permanent housing before moving out of the micro homes.

Open Table has hoped to begin construction on the homes soon.