How’s Nashville partners joined dozens of cities nationwide this week to officially launch a new national campaign that aims to end Veterans homelessness by the end of 2015 and chronic homelessness by the end of 2016.
In February, How’s Nashville partners will use available data to develop clear targets for the total number of individuals that need to be housed each month in order to end Veteran and chronic homelessness in Davidson County. Setting challenging goals and performance targets push us to find new ways to use our resources and coordinate efforts.
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At the end of January, cities across the nation conduct a Point In Time (PIT) count of their homeless populations. On Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, more than 120 volunteers conducted a shelter and an outdoor count in Davidson County.
The PIT count is a tool to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) uses to measure increases/decreases in homelessness. The biggest criticism of the PIT count number is that only people who stay in emergency shelters or transitional housing during this one night in January are counted. Every two years, HUD requires an outdoor count. Nashville attempts to conduct its outdoor count each year. However, it is widely recognized that the numbers we end up with are an underestimate of our homeless population.
For more information, visit the National Alliance to End Homelessness site.
Nashville is participating in the annual Point In Time (PIT) count required by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This year, many cities use the PIT count to mark their launch of the local Zero: 2016 campaign.
How’s Nashville, which was launched as the local 100,000 Homes Campaign, is a part of the new Zero: 2016 campaign. We will officially announce our local launch at the end of this month and join close to 70 other cities in our efforts to end veterans homelessness by the end of 2015 and chronic homelessness by the end of 2016.
How’s Nashville wishes everyone a Happy New Year!
Let’s continue to collaborate and end chronic and vulnerable homelessness for individuals and families. This year, we will include a special focus on ending veterans homelessness in Nashville.
We continue to need the community’s support. If you would like to participate in our efforts of ending homelessness in our city, please consider a financial contribution, in-kind contribution, or volunteer for one of our partner organizations.
If you are a landlord, please reach out to us and contact Deon Trotter at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to sit down with you and explore your needs and how you can help us help our most vulnerable Nashville neighbors.
Our community’s annual housing retention rate for people who moved into a permanent apartment and successfully stayed there for a year remains high at 77%.
which compares to a housing retention rate of about 25% after one year for a comparison group of people who are not connected to support ( Source: Tsemberis, S. (2010). Housing First: The Pathways Model to End Homelessness for People with Mental Illness and Addiction. Center City, MN: Hazelden).
Our latest housing placement rate shows that since inception of How’s Nashville, 842 people experiencing long-term homelessness moved into permanent supportive housing with help of our partner agencies.
This year alone, our community was able to assist 488 people (since January 2014). That is more than doubling the estimated housing placement rate that was reported in the months prior to the How’s Nashville campaign.