Houseless Does Not Necessarily Mean Homeless

Terry Lee Ballard holds a sign when he goes looking for work in front of hardware stores. It reads: "No job. No food. Almost homeless."

He's almost homeless because he lives in a tent at Timberline Campground, about 30 miles west of Nashville. Rent is $325 a month for a site big enough to hold a camper and picnic table. The rate includes water and electricity plus laundry facilities, showers and access to a pool. Other amenities aren't so standard. There's a small food bank, free school supplies and a pile of donated clothes.

Neil Donovan, executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless, says many people move to campgrounds when they find themselves without permanent housing.


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