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Young people in Nashville who are considered homeless can now get help paying rent for a couple of years. The city has decided to use a federal grant for rental assistance, rather than building new affordable housing.


A documentary that dives deep into the battle over a homeless encampment at Nashville’s Fort Negley is debuting this week.

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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The federal government has awarded Nashville $3.54 million as part of a national program to combat youth homelessness.

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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

When temperatures drop this winter, Nashville will add another way of sheltering the homeless. Room In The Inn, which typically coordinates a network of temporary shelters, will start opening its own doors overnight, and there will be fewer rules about who can come inside.

Courtesy of Open Table Nashville

A group of neighbors opposing a cluster of tiny homes for the homeless in Woodbine are fleshing out their legal argument against the project. In a new court filing, they say the non-religious organization behind the homes is unlawfully skirting zoning laws with the religious land use act.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

After months of intense community resistance, a local non-profit is moving forward on a cluster of micro homes for the homeless in Woodbine. It's been a controversial project for the neighborhood, resulting in shouting matches at community meetings and a lawsuit to stop it.

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South Nashville's Glencliff United Methodist Church has cleared all the bureaucratic hurdles to build a cluster of tiny homes for the homeless on its property. The only problem is the neighborhood hates the idea. They’ve hurled insults, fumed on Facebook and threatened to picket church services.

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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

There have been times when Alex Smith railed against the Metro Nashville government. He has pounded the podium at public hearings, challenged department heads, rambled on well over his allotted speaking time, and protested on the streets.

But these days, the formerly homeless 27-year-old is working hand-in-hand with Metro departments and about a dozen nonprofits on a plan to reduce homelessness, especially among young adults between ages 18 and 24.

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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville has officially decided not to create a government-run camping village for the homeless. The idea had been considered for several months by a task force formed by the Metro Homelessness Commission.

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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The eviction of homeless campers from Nashville’s Fort Negley has set off something of a domino effect. The city offered shelter to more than 80 campers in the village, but many have scattered to other tucked-away campsites. And this upheaval coincides with the work of a task force that’s considering whether Nashville should create a permanent tent village.