Residents of the Hermitage share the concerns of the homeless population

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – Hermitage residents said the growing homeless community on a private tract of land creates significant problems.

About 30 people live right behind these trees. It’s a growing community that people say is now creating more junk along the way, causing traffic problems, and harming businesses.

“I was a little shocked. I didn’t know it was a thing, “Vilendrer said.

Shocked at what Brian Vilendrer said was once an empty private camp near a shopping mall, now home to dozens of people.

“It just keeps growing, and there is more and more foot traffic in the area and more shopping carts, waste just loose debris and things like that,” Vilendrer said.

At first, Brian thought he was the only one who noticed the change until people started talking.

“More and more people say that I no longer shop there. I don’t want to go there; my kids won’t do their thing that way, ”Vilendrer said.

Vilendrer said that was when he started sending emails to city leaders.

“A lot of those questions and concerns,” Vilendrer said.

Brian didn’t know his email wasn’t the only one city leaders like Erin Evans received.

“The general consensus I have heard from all the residents they contacted is that they are concerned that the camp exists and that it has grown over time,” Evans said.

I asked Evans why that sudden growth.

“Due to some of the construction and new developments that have taken place, he has moved smaller camps and people are just starting to move and find places like here where they feel safe,” Evans said.

Evans is now working with the city codes department to clean up the area and find somewhere else for people to go. While Brian said he tries for the people who live in the camp, he believes he can’t go on.

“It’s one thing to have a person camping out, but it’s different to have a community relocate and change the area,” Vilendrer said.

City leaders are now asking parents as they are working to address this issue for the residents and those who live behind these trees.

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