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Nashville Homeless Memorial Day 2014

Our annual Nashville Homeless Memorial Day will take place on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at the Riverfront Park at the end of Broadway. While we are working on permanent supportive housing for people, still too many lives are lost every year of people who were still struggling with homelessness.

A Memorial Observance at Riverfront Park starts at 9 a.m.

If you would like to join a Silent March to Riverfront Park, please be at Room In The Inn, 705 Drexel Street, by 8:15 a.m.

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What does How’s Nashville do?

Housing navigators are working at the provider agencies who drive the How’s Nashville campaign. In essence, How’s Nashville is a social movement where agencies from the nonprofit, for-profit, and government sectors to put their resources together to work on solutions.

We started looking at how we can improve the housing placement rate for people who experience chronic homelessness. Recently we improved our process to make sure people are offered support services as they move into housing.

To get a one-minute overview of our vision, please watch the following YouTube video created by Blair Tramel, a Vanderbilt student who interned with the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission this fall semester;

How’s Nashville Vision Step-by-Step

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76% Housing Retention

259 people moved into permanent housing from June through October of 2013. 76% of them are still in housing one year later.

A study by Dr. Sam Tsemberis on Housing First has shown that if people do not receive ongoing support services once they move into their own apartment, the annual housing retention drops to 25% (Tsemberis, Gulcur, and Nakae, 2004).

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Support the Boulevard Bolt

The How’s Nashville campaign on behalf of its partner agencies submitted an application to this year’s Boulevard Bolt grant. Our campaign will be one of the recipients.

Even if you do not run this Thanksgiving morning, you can still donate online at http://www.boulevardbolt.org/contact-us/

Thank you, Boulevard Bolt for raising $2 million in two decades to benefit organizations that assist people experiencing homelessness in our community.

October housing placements

735 People Housed

We just posted our newest housing placement report.

Since June 2014 through October 1, Nashville, as a community, has assisted 735 people who have experienced chronic and/or vulnerable homelessness with permanent housing.

Let’s be clear, this is a community-wide housing number that includes people who obtained housing with assistance from How’s Nashville campaign and people who did not receive specific assistance through the campaign. However, we are proud to say that most of the agencies who report their numbers to us are active partners in the How’s Nashville campaign.

What’s more, since the launch of the How’s Nashville campaign in June 2014, Nashville’s housing placement rate for people who have experienced chronic homelessness has more than doubled. Prior to How’s Nashville our community’s monthly housing placement rate was 19 people per month. Now it averages 46 people per month.

Review our October housing placement report.