The Sanctuary is an encampment on the property of the Green Street Church. It is occupied by as many as 20 individuals who are experiencing homelessness. Residents in the Sanctuary stay in 1 of 15 primitive micro-houses, or in a tent. The Sanctuary at Green Street is considered by the city of Nashville to be a “sanctioned” encampment on private property. The residents of the Sanctuary are therefore afforded an additional level of safety and stability as they try to navigate resources to permanent housing. In addition to having a safe place to sleep, residents have full access to bathrooms, showers, and laundry facilities. The Sanctuary is overseen and managed by the church at Green Street. It is considered a transitional place to stay on the pathway to permanent housing. The Green Street Church relies on the help of local service providers and organizations to provide the care and resource navigation that is needed to help someone experiencing homelessness to get into permanent housing.
The Sanctuary is not an emergency shelter. Individuals interested in potentially staying there must go through a multi week process involving several face to face meetings with the Green Street Church. If you are interested in setting up a meeting, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A video made about the tiny homes built in the Sanctuary.
Lipscomb Engineering students install solar panels onto the micro homes.
A news article about the creation of tiny homes in the backyard of Green Street.
An article and video featured in the Tennessean about why the Sanctuary was created.