It cost me a McDonalds value meal for this photo. When he saw the camera, he told me it would cost me a good meal to take his picture. I asked where he was going to get that good meal and he smiled real big and said, “McDonalds [pointing to his right].” I then asked, “How much will a good meal cost?” He laughed a little as his eyes grew larger, “$5 will get me a real good meal there.” He reeled me in with his smile as I gave him a $5 bill.
I saw this man sitting at the back of what use to be a motel that now serves as a low income apartment. The rooms are tiny and the floors concrete. Each room has a small bathroom, just like you would imagine in an old motel. The tiny spaces rent for $550 per month, but serve a vital purpose in getting people of the street. It’s all the room that this man who moved to the Nashville area from New York needs.
In New York, he paid over $900 per month for an apartment that was similar in size. He moved here about two years ago to be near his children who live in the same complex.
“A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.” - Pope Francis