In the wake of an explosion in downtown Nashville early morning on Christmas Day, Nashville’s residents showed up to support one another — making the phrase “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” ring true for this Middle Tennessee community. The blast damaged dozens of buildings on Historic Second Avenue, knocking out telecommunications systems throughout the Southeast for several days, and leaving more than 1,000 employees without jobs and hundreds of residents displaced from their homes.
Many buildings remain under construction as the several-block area works to rebuild. It’s a time-consuming, laborious process to both rebuild as well as to maintain the area’s historic look and feel.
The Nashville community continues to be here to help those impacted by the tragedy on December 25, 2020 as part of the historic downtown response and recovery. Long-term assistance is available to individuals, families, and businesses impacted by the tragedy, funded by grants from the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and United Way of Greater Nashville.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Nashville is administering case management for all survivors. Please read the Eligibility Criteria on the NashvilleStrong2021.org website to see if you qualify for assistance and to find a list of the documentation you have to provide for qualification.
Alongside Catholic Charities lead in case management, the Christmas Day Bombing Downtown Response Long-Term Recovery Group, a committee composed of government and nonprofit officials, continue to meet to ensure the needs of the survivors are met.
One thing you can count on about Middle Tennesseans — we remain generous with our time, and our money, when our neighbors need us the most.
In partnership with the Nashville VOAD, community organizations, and government entities, the Christmas Day Bombing Downtown Response Long-Term Recovery Group was stood up quickly to move immediate response efforts into long-term recovery for all survivors.
In this video we hear from the Downtown Response LTRG co-chair, Valerie Craig from Tennessee Voices for Victims, as well as hearing from owners and/or managers from The Melting Pot and Rodizio Grill – Nashville, Simply the Best $10 Boutique, Nashville Downtown Hostel.