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Nashville considers official homeless encampment

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Tenn. News Service
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --  There are more than 10-thousand homeless people in Tennessee, and many live in the state's larger metropolitan areas such as Nashville.

Recently the city disbanded an unofficial homeless camp in a city park, but now leaders and members of the community are considering a unique solution to those left without a place to stay.

Will Connelly with the Metropolitan Homeless Commission says they're considering a city-sanctioned homeless encampment.

"Campsites can provide some stability and safety for people who are reluctant to go to traditional shelter, or who can go to traditional shelter but there's not any space, or they're barred for some reason."

Connelly says closing the camp near Fort Negley in Nashville simply displaced the homeless to other areas of the city. He adds that something must be done to assist the population, as housing costs in the city continue to rise.