Didn’t think Tennessee was going Left: Nashville Mayor Cooper Orders Winter Shelter Program to ‘Be Fully Funded and 100 Percent Operational’

One day after the Scene reported that Metro would not open emergency shelters this winter, Mayor John Cooper has ordered Metro agencies to fully fund and operate the emergency cold-weather response program.

“Metro’s emergency shelter program will be fully funded and 100 percent operational this coming winter,” Cooper said via press release on Thursday. “As soon as we learned that Metro departments did not have the funding this year to open the overflow shelter, my administration moved to address the problem. I am committed to protecting the most vulnerable members of our community, and I’m tremendously thankful to our friends in the many non-profit and religious organizations in Nashville who do such good work on behalf of our unsheltered and unhoused neighbors.”

The release states Cooper made the decision following meetings with Metro Social Services and the Office of Emergency Management.

The cold-weather community response program provides access to Metro-operated shelters for people experiencing homelessness when temperatures drop below 28 degrees. Vice Mayor Jim Shulman and service providers like Open Table Nashville were surprised by the news.

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