Good morning, Nashville. The Metro Homelessness Commission thinks they have a solution for chronic homelessness in Nashville: Housing. It might sound simple, but they have created a group called The Key Alliance that aims to raise close to $72 million to provide some additional housing and support services for Nashville’s homeless. The alliance will eventually include government, business, and non-profit organizations interested in fighting the problem, and the entire plan will span about 10 years. Though it sounds a little ambitious, a similar plan was enacted in Denver and reduced chronic homelessness by 36% and overall homelessness by 11%.
- So you had a bad day. Only a couple of days after he was picked up while careening drunk down Broadway, Titans receiver Chris Davis has been released due to a hamstring injury. Talk about having the best week ever.
- Look out below. Rutherford County Schools are already seeing a few isolated cases of the dreaded swine flu and have put all field trips on hold for the time being to prevent the spread. Related: A White House report predicts that up to half of the US population could be affected by the virus before it’s all said and done.
- Bits & pieces. Disability service provider the Rochelle Center and the State of Tennessee have reached a settlement that will allow the center to stay open … The Wilson County Fair saw a record-breaking 106,000 people during its opening weekend … Memphis’ ex-mayor Willie Herenton will not be running for mayor again after stepping down last month, despite all the necessary paperwork … United Way’s 211 service line has seen a huge increase in requests since the recession started.
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