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Task Force Gives Suggestions for Homeless Sites

Posted at 7:03 PM, Mar 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-07 20:03:55-05
The city's new Homeless Encampment Task Force has released a set of recommendations on unauthorized encampment sites, following the eviction of homeless campers at Fort Negley declared last year.

The campers at Fort Negley have been given until April to find somewhere else to go.
 
One of the new recommendations was to establish a Homeless Outreach Team that will go out to homeless camps, and instead of instantly breaking them up, they will talk with each of the people living there about their challenges in finding another place to stay.
 
The group also recommended bringing in the property owner to work out an eviction date, considering that the people living in the camps will need a safe place to store their belongings.
 
Yet, beyond what to do with illegal homeless camps, the group also wants to consider the possibility of a sanctioned homeless camp located in Nashville for homeless campers to come and go.
 
"It needs to happen -- this isn't a permanent place, just a step up to help them get housing," said Wendell Segroves.
 
All recommendations will be forwarded to the full Metro Homelessness Commission.