Nashville homelessness commission kicks into gear

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – After years of talking about ending homelessness, Nashville's Metropolitan Homelessness Commission is finally doing something about it.

With a new director and the help of a national nonprofit called 100,000 Homes, the group took on the ambitious goal of housing 200 people in 100 days.

On Thursday, the group announced that 189 people have moved into their own apartments since June, tripling the previous rate of housing placement.

Another 40 people have received Section 8 housing vouchers and are looking for homes.

Homelessness Commission Director Will Connelly said he is proud of what they have accomplished, but they are just getting started.

The commission's goal is to end chronic homelessness in Nashville in four years.

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