“To tolerate injustice and descend into apathy is to dissolve the bonds that are the formation of our community.” I read this quote from students at the University of Virginia in a news article recently, and it really struck a…
Recently, Anderson Cooper and the crew of 60 Minutes spent some time with our Open Table Nashville community. In the hours he spent with us, learning about the lives that were changed, he, too, was transformed.
When asked about the impact this report had on him, he had this to say:
It really changes your perception of the problem of homelessness and the people who end up being homeless…we all have support networks. We all have family and friends and a job and things that support us when we trip. These are people who have burned through those support networks. And that’s really the only difference.
Check out this press release about the upcoming 60 Minutes show that features our joint efforts to move our friends off the streets and into permanent housing:
From: Tedesco, Kevin
Sent: Friday, February 07, 2014 1:52 PM
Subject: Housing the Homeless Can Save Money – 60 MINUTES
GIVING APARTMENTS TO THE CHRONICALLY HOMELESS CAN SAVE TAXPAYER DOLLARS, ADVOCATES SAY – “60 MINUTES”
The “100,000 Homes Campaign” Has Already Gotten 80,000 People Off The Streets
Advocates for the homeless say providing apartments to those who have been on the streets the longest and are at greatest medical risk can actually save taxpayers money. Even if these people have not yet received treatment for substance abuse or alcohol problems, getting them off the streets often keeps them out of hospitals, where the cost for one night is more than a month’s rent in many places. Anderson Cooper reports from Nashville, one of the cities that have joined the 100,000 Homes Campaign, for a 60 MINUTES report to be broadcast Sunday, Feb. 9 (7:00-8:00PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
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