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More than 60 People Remembered at Homeless Memorial - Erika Kurre

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NASHVILLE, TN - A memorial for Nashville's homeless honored more than 60-people who have died on the streets this year.
It also served as a reminder that this time of year can be most deadly, affecting everyone including children.

Robert Tucker tells a story similar to thousands of others on the streets in Nashville.

He joins this cold Saturday morning memorial with his wife and toddler son at Riverfront Park downtown, remembering their friends on the streets who have died this year.

Their names are read aloud and written on posters.

Metro Homelessness Commission Communication Coordinator JudithTackett says homelessness takes 20-25 years off of a person's life expectancy.

A lack of housing makes health conditions more vulnerable and less manageable.

Tucker has lived in a tent-- so that his wife and son could stay in a shelter for his son's first year of life.
He says they've gone from church to church every night since then just to stay warm.

This family is among more than 2-thousand others estimated by metro to be living in shelters and on the streets.

The Metro Homelessness Commission says economy, poverty and a lack of affordable housing are all contributing factors.
They're working on getting people housed to end chronic homelessness in Nashville.