Four candidates for mayor in Nashville, Tennessee took on a challenge. Each would be homeless for 24 hours. They’d have to live on the street and they couldn’t go home.
The National Coalition for the Homeless set up the challenge. They done similar things like this for the last 25 years.
It was really an eye opener to what the homeless go through. No food, no bathroom, no bed. One candidate tried to sleep on the cold cement. Others just wandered around all night long.
Karl Dean, one of the candidates, noted “I was struck by the number of people I saw sleeping in downtown Nashville. There’s no simple answer, but we’ve got to do something.”
Let’s hope the experience gives them some creative ideas on how to solve the homeless problem.