Twenty micro homes are coming to south Nashville's Glencliff United Methodist Church for the homeless.
Open Table Nashville, a non-profit organization, is behind the real estate plans. Open Table Nashville is a "community that disrupts cycles of poverty, journeys with the marginalized and provides education about issues of homelessness" and they're calling this initiative the Village at Glencliff.
"Too many of our friends have died on the streets," Open Table Nashville Executive Director Rev. Ingrid McIntyre told The Tennessean before adding that 87 homeless people died last year alone in the area. "Hopefully, this place will help lower that number by providing community and programs that will get the most vulnerable into permanent housing."
The micro homes will be built on the church's property. There will be homes for individuals as well as large families, so the sizes will vary from 220 square feet to 400 square feet. They will each have their own kitchen and bathroom.
The Village at Glencliff housing project has already been approved by the Metro Zoning Administrator under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and the Tennessee Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Although this is the first step, they still need to survey before they can break ground on the homes.