Homeless in Fort Negley relocated without any arrests

(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – As of Wednesday, all of the people still living in Nashville’s Fort Negley have been relocated.

In late April, 19 members of the homeless community remained on the property despite Metro Parks crews beginning to clear the area out.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

Mayor Megan Barry said they have all been moved, though, to suitable alternatives without the need for any arrests, thanks to many Nashville departments and local non-profits as well as faith-based organizations.

“While taking a compassionate, service-oriented approach that avoided the need to make arrests took longer than simply using police force, the process has resulted in better outcomes for many of those who were living at the camp,” Barry said. “Now, thanks to their efforts, Metro Parks can move forward with restoring Fort Negley to be a public park that all of the community can enjoy.”

Everyone that lived around the historic site was told to leave by April 15. No one was ever forced to leave but some who remained received citations after the deadline.

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