The Hospital to Home (H2H) project strives to provide coordinated pathways to permanent supportive housing for some of Nashville/Davidson County’s most medically vulnerable, homeless residents. The newly assembled H2H Steering Committee, including representatives from 4 local hospitals, 3 federally qualified health centers, and the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission (MHC), met for the first time on March 4, 2016. Current H2H multi-sector strategic planning efforts addressing housing, care coordination, and data sharing are framed by a collective impact model – particularly suited for complex, systemic problems like improving stable housing placements and medical access and care for some of our most vulnerable neighbors.
Focus Strategies has recently provided technical assistance to MHC and the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) producing recommendations on systems re-design – including the creation of a Housing Crisis Resolution System (HCRS). An HCRS speaks to systems transformation – shifting from a set of homeless services that only ameliorate the immediate crisis of homelessness to a crisis response system that can help prevent and resolve it. It is anticipated that the establishment of H2H Coordinating Teams at local health care delivery sites (i.e., emergency rooms, hospitals, health clinics) will become a component part of Nashville’s new coordinated entry system – an essential feature of the overall HCRS.
So far this year, Nashville’s provider community has assisted 278 people experiencing chronic homelessness and 102 Veterans move into their own housing. These numbers seemed to be unachievable three years ago at the launch of the How’s Nashville campaign.
Prior to June 2013, the average monthly housing placement hovered around 19 people. Then, in June 2013, our community launched the How’s Nashville campaign with a 100-Day challenge to house 200 people in 100 days. We did miss the target by a few people, but as a community we celebrated the success of housing over 70 people during July and overall managed to double the average monthly housing placement rate.
By 2014, we had reached an average housing placement rate of approximately 45 people per month. At the end of 2015, that number had increased to 59 people a month.
And we have kept it steady ever since. In May of 2016 alone, our partner agencies helped 88 people who struggled with chronic homelessness move into permanent housing. This is a number, we could not have fathomed three years ago.
Thank you Nashville! Thank you to all provider agencies!
Housing First is a proven approach to ending homelessness, especially for vulnerably, high-needs populations.
The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) has recently published a Housing First check list that serves as a tool to evaluate whether a particular housing program or a community approach is following the Housing First principles.
In addition, for partners interested in digging a little deeper, Pathways Housing First, one of the nations first Housing First program, has developed a Fidelity_Scale for programs that follow an Assertive-Community-Treatment (ACT) case management model.
As a community that is working on ending homelessness by creating a systemic approach to achieve our goal, we encourage our partner agencies to familiarize themselves with what Housing First truly entails. Information and education is the first step toward understanding our common goal – which is to make homelessness episodes rare, brief and one-time for everyone in Nashville.
In January 2015, the How’s Nashville movement launched 2016 by 2016, a local campaign to end Veteran homelessness and chronic homelessness by December 31, 2016. This campaign is aligned with Zero: 2016, a national effort that supports our local homeless service community through resource optimization and technical assistance.
The 2016 by 2016 campaign set a goal to assist 595 local Veterans and 1,421 people experiencing chronic and/or vulnerable homelessness with permanent housing by the end of 2016.
So far a total of 352 Veterans and 834 people who were chronically homeless have been housed since the start of the 2016 by 2016 campaign. That equals an average housing placement rate of 79 people per month (23 Veterans and 55 people experiencing chronic homelessness).
We appreciate your support. Since inception of the How’s Nashville campaign, the Nashville community has housed close to 2,000 people experiencing chronic homelessness (this number includes all Veterans since January 2015).
This great achievement was only possible with your financial support. Please consider making a donation to help cover move-in costs including security and utility deposits, first month rent, some back pay, household items and furniture.
We sincerely apologize that our online donation is currently not working (we are in the process of fixing it). You can make a contribution the following way:
Make your check payable to “How’s Nashville” and mail them to: Will Connelly, Metropolitan Homelessness Commission, P.O. Box 196300, Nashville, TN, 37219-6300.
Thank you for your generosity! We will send you an official thank you note in the mail.
The following is a letter from Will Connelly, the director of the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission, which has released a new community report that evaluates Nashville’s current homelessness response system:
“In 2015, we hired a national consulting firm, Focus Strategies, to give our community advice on how to end homelessness. That advice is now in the form of a final report and set of recommendations that are attached to this email. While the report is lengthy, I hope you will find time to read it in the near future.
After months of hard work with Focus Strategies, MDHA, and the Frist Foundation, the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission (MHC) is pleased to share this final report. As the director of the MHC, I believe we can come together under a strong and unified governance structure to create a housing crisis resolution system that will effectively end homelessness in Nashville. Ending homelessness means that no one in our community has to be without a place to live for more than 30 days. That’s the goal, and this report is our compass.
After listening to local stakeholders and assessing the strengths and weaknesses of our system, Focus Strategies provided recommendations tailored to housing all of the people experiencing homelessness in Nashville as quickly as possible. This is an incredibly urgent task, as people continue to live and die on the streets of our city.
The Metropolitan Homelessness Commission continues to prioritize ending homelessness as an urgent community crisis. Moving forward, we are dedicated to creating a system that quickly and effectively houses our neighbors who have fallen into homelessness. We look forward to partnering with you to implement the recommendations in this report and make homelessness in Nashville rare, brief, and one-time.”
Please find the reports that were published on March 23, 2016, on our Housing Crisis Resolution System tab under the About page.