Two months ago,
on July 29th, 2021, I stood up for us in front of at least 5 city council members, numerous non-profits, the police department, community members, Parks employees and the director of Nashville's Homeless Impact Division, Judith Tackett. When I offered compassionate ideas for solutions to the homeless encampment in Brookmeade Park, I was shot down by many of those representatives with audible gasps, shouting and interruptions. As I was being ushered to sit down, I ended with these words:
“If the city would formulate a decent plan and communicate with us and be transparent and live stream the meetings which they don't do anymore and let the public speak which they don't do any more, then maybe you would get a lot more cooperation from us.”
Two months later, no one from the city has offered me or anyone in this group any specific timeline and goal, unless a press release on Aug. 4 stating "an estimated 250 people in 2 years relocated to 3 area churches" is their goal.
This silence is deafening after many of us have attended nearly every city meeting regarding this issue sometimes 4 times a week, spoken in front of boards, met with the mayor's office, befriended non-profits, posted on social media, done dozens of news appearances, been interviewed for articles and written emails.
We are not getting paid to deal with this. They are.
And guess what's happened in 2 months?