Sunday, January 4, 2004

Increase in Hispanic families at Nashville Safe Haven Family Shelter

"'Before last year we didn't see any, but Latinos have picked up quite a bit. We've definitely seen an increase in our Latino families coming in. It seems that the immigrant population are, generally speaking, working entry-level jobs. If you're making $8 an hour, you're bringing home $250, and if you look at rents in Nashville, that's a killer. We don't have translators, so we have to rely on the 12-year-old daughters (for example) to translate.'

— Bob Casey, assistant director, Nashville Safe Haven Family Shelter, a 20-year-old homeless shelter for families in Nashville."

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