Names of homeless dead read at street memorial

In this photo taken Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, a homeless woman rests under a shade tree as children play at Lions park in Costa Mesa, Calif.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

In this photo taken Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, a homeless woman rests under a shade tree as children play at Lions park in Costa Mesa, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Homeless people who died in Nashville this year have been remembered at a memorial.

The Tennessean reported among those who gathered Sunday under the Jefferson Street Bridge was Charles Strobel, a retired Roman Catholic priest. Strobel founded the Room in the Inn program that offers shelter to homeless people. He said the city needs public policy that creates affordable housing.

At least three dozen homeless men and women died in Nashville this year. Organizers said some died under the bridge where the names of the dead were read on Sunday. It is a gathering place for people who have no homes.


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