But learning that there are more homeless people in Nashville than there were people in any town I grew up in is alarming. In this MSNBC story about how the General Assembly seems to have just outlawed homelessness in their efforts to make sure Occupy Nashville is out of their sight, there's this bit:
Some homeless had sheltered at Legislative Plaza before the Occupy protesters arrived, since there were only about 1,500 beds available to the city’s estimated more than 4,000 people who need them, [Room in the Inn's Charles] Strobel said.
Holy shit. We have 4,000 homeless people at any given time? I don't even know how you begin to deal with that, just from a logistical standpoint. I do know that criminalizing sleeping outside when there aren't enough beds for them to sleep on inside doesn't really help matters.