Emergency shelter for adult women and men opens at The Coldest Nights when temperatures are predicted to be below 32 degrees.
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Advocates are planning to build Murfreesboro’s first permanent homeless shelter in the next few years.
The Murfreesboro Rescue Mission has its eye on land they hope to purchase and develop into the city’s first all-inclusive shelter for those experiencing homelessness.
Director Ed Grimes said the group’s been watching the property for nearly a year. They can’t disclose the location yet but Grimes told The Daily News Journal that the land has two lots, one of which houses apartments.
Although the city has a few shelters for women and children and a church that opens its doors when temperature dips below freezing, that’s not enough, according to Grimes.
"Our part in serving homelessness is we’re a piece of the pie," the director said. "We want to impact the availability of bed space."
Murfreesboro is seeing an increase in those who lack permanent housing. In fact, about 300 people countywide live on the streets, Grimes said.
The city has seen a growth spurt, and with that has come an increased number of displaced people.
‘A landing spot’ for those in need
The Mission doesn’t anticipate overshadowing efforts made by other advocacy groups in the city; they hope to fill the gaps.
Grimes said he believes the Mission can serve as "a landing spot" to help people overcome homelessness. Specifically, they intend to assist those in the first 24-48 hours of homelessness and connect them with resources in the city.
The shelter will be "low-barrier," so it can serve a larger number of people. Some shelters only accept clients that meet a set of conditions, but that’s not the case for the Murfreesboro Rescue Mission. The shelter will house single men, single women, women with children and have space for family units.
But there are still hoops to jump through, Grimes said. Even after they buy the land, it’s likely the shelter won’t be open for three more years.
"The key thing is people want it, but want it done right," he said.
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