Advocates for the homeless sleep out in cold and rain in downtown park

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More than a dozen people are sleeping outside in the cold right now. 

They pitched tents and crawled into sleeping bags at Walk of Fame Park near Bridgestone Arena. 

They’re trying to raise awareness about homelessness and the need for affordable housing in Nashville. 

The event is called Occupy Nashville with the Homeless. 

Saturday night more than 40 people marched through downtown with signs saying ” Emergency Housing Now” and  “Freezing is no way to die”

Earlier on Saturday, dozens of people turned out to honor the homeless community and remember the 127 people who lost their lives while homeless in 2018. 

More: Homeless Memorial honors those who have died on the streets of Nashville

Lindsey Krinks of Open Table tells News 2 that Metro Police issued 4 citations during the night, but did not roust the group or stop them from camping out. 

They plan to stay until 8 a.m. Sunday.

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