Fairgrounds chosen as site for Nashville emergency homeless overflow shelter
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- Nashville has a new emergency plan for sheltering the homeless in freezing weather.
In a press statement out Tuesday, Mayor John Cooper revealed the city will open a shelter at the fairgrounds that can accommodate up to 300 people when temperatures fall below 28 degrees.
Last year the city used a portion of the old jail as its emergency shelter. That choice was roundly criticized by both homeless individuals and many of the agencies that support them.
The shelter will be available beginning November 1.
The city is already operating a shelter at the fairgrounds for homeless who test positive for COVID-19.