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Sharp Increase in Nashville's Homeless Families - Erika Kurre

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NASHVILLE, TN - The number of children who are homeless staying at the Nashville Rescue Mission tonight is doubled.

Last year, the mission averaged 30-children per night.
   
Tonight, that number is closer to 60.

For the past few weeks, homeless mother, Cecilia, has spent each night at the Nashville Rescue Mission with her five children.

They moved here, escaping an abusive relationship with their father in Memphis and were living in hotels until their money ran out.

Cecilia's car got repossessed and she's among more than 30 other mothers here trying to get back on their feet and get their children back on track.

According to a report by the US Conference of Mayors, the number of homeless and hungry families in Nashville has increased by 25-percent this past year.

It blames low wages and unaffordable housing.

It states the increase is largely made up of domestic violence survivors  with children like Cecilia who is doing all she can to improve their situation.

She says staying at the Nashville Rescue Mission has almost been a treat to these five children who, for the first time in their lives, have beds to sleep in.

Including individuals, the Metro Homelessness Commission counts a total of 2,200 people in shelters and on the streets right now.
   
That doesn't include those sleeping on couches, in cars or in motels.