This Friday, January 18th, homeless advocates and community members will mourn the loss of yet another member of the homeless community, Jimmy Fulmer, who recently froze to death on the steps of an East Nashville church. We will hold a funeral procession from the Downtown Library Park to the Homelessness Commission meeting in order to draw attention to the dire need for more affordable housing in our community. When vacant units of housing outnumber homeless individuals 6-1 in Nashville, when our brothers and sisters are dying on our streets, and when our city continues to fail to make housing a priority, we cannot stay silent.
Yes, Nashville needs to do more blanket drives and yes, we need more shelter beds, but our shelters are overcrowded because of the lack of affordable housing in our city. And our friends are going to keep dying until we, as a city, prioritize safe, accessible, and affordable housing for everyone.
1) Meet at 8:45 a.m. on Friday, January 18th at Downtown Library Park (615 Church Street)
2) Procession will leave at 9:00 a.m.
3) We will walk one mile to the Homelessness Commission meeting at 700 2nd Ave. South and participate in the meeting. (Those who cannot walk the whole way are invited to join us around 9:15-9:20 a.m. at the corner of Peabody and 2nd.)
What you can do:
Spread the word (everyone is welcome!). Wear black. Bring signs regarding the need for affordable and accessible housing.
Park at the downtown library (make sure to get your ticket validated).
Facebook event, click here (Please RSVP here if you can)
Participating groups: Nashville Advocates with the Un-housed (NAU), Nashville Housing Rights Campaign (NHRC), Amos House Community, East Nashville Cooperative Ministry (ENCM), independent homeless and formerly homeless advocates, outreach workers from Open Table and other groups, students from Lipscomb, Vanderbilt, and American Bible College, and other concerned community members. (Please let us know if you would like us to add your group’s name to this list.)