The Nashville City Paper reports that Metro Social Services is ramping up its attention to immigrants. The new focus is part of a restructuring that will see the total number of public social services employees decrease:
"Social Services Board of Commissioners approved a new business model in January, which in effect transfers most direct services to other Metro agencies or nonprofit organizations."
"'We accepted all of the recommendations of the audit, but then the caveat within the audit was that we get out of the direct services business unless we could identify an area where there is definitely a gap in services,' Social Services Director Gerri Robinson said. 'And we've identified those areas as working with immigrants, the homeless and the expansion of our senior citizen program by working with seniors who are parenting for the second time around.'"
"The department is creating new coordinator positions to oversee Adult/Senior Services, Children/Youth Services, Homeless Services, Immigrant Services, and Integrated Services and Research."