During the recent very cold weather, The Nashville Office of Emergency Management “expended more than 480 man hours doing cold patrols to check on the homeless and other vulnerable people in the community”.
OEM activates cold patrols when overnight lows dip below freezing. Volunteers from OEM go to areas where the homeless are known to camp or gather. The volunteers offer people a ride to a shelter or provide them with a blanket if they decide not to go to a shelter.
One of the shelters, Room In The Inn, is run in partnership with Metro Social Services is open for any person (individuals, couples, people with barriers). People with pets are welcome to go to Room In The Inn’s Night Center.
The OEM added: “From November 1 through March 31, the Nashville community is collaborating on implementing our Cold Weather Community Response Plan. The plan focuses on giving people who experience homelessness the best possible information and assistance to seek emergency shelter indoors – especially during extremely cold weather situations.
For more information contact
Judith Tackett, director of the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission, at