Mayor John Cooper says cold weather shelters will open this winter in Nashville

The Metropolitan Courthouse is located at 1 Public Square, Nashville.

The Metropolitan Courthouse is located at 1 Public Square, Nashville.

Metro Nashville's emergency cold weather shelters will open this winter, Mayor John Cooper announced Oct. 17.

Following meetings with Metro Social Services and the Office of Emergency Management, Cooper said the emergency shelter program will be fully funded this winter.

"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," Cooper said. "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 news release did not specify where the shelters will be located.

Cooper also announced plans for a 112-unit housing center designed to help those who are experiencing chronic homelessness. The center will be located at 505 2nd Ave. N., Nashville, and is expected to be constructed by the end of 2021, according to the release.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be announced later this month.
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