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Mayor Barry's Statement on Homeless Encampment at Fort Negley


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 29, 2015) - Mayor Megan Barry issued the following statement regarding Metro’s response to homeless encampments in our public parks:

“Use of police force should be a last resort to resolving the situation of an unauthorized camp and as such I don’t anticipate the need for arrests or criminal citations. The key focus of my administration is to find alternative locations for those who are camping at Fort Negley. I’m optimistic that by working with the homelessness commission, the homeless community and advocates, our Metro Parks, and the faith community, we can find a workable solution that realizes the fact that our public parks are not camp grounds, and they can’t be used as such.”