March 17 residents meeting

Message to donors from residents

How’s Nashville residents want to let donors know what a difference their contribution has made in their lives:

  • Having housing means to have your own key, one resident said.
  • I now have a restroom and can take a shower, another one added.
  • I can do my laundry.
  • I have my own bed.
  • We are protected from the elements and in a health emergency, we can call for help and deal with it.
  • We have privacy, we don’t need to worry about police harassment.
  • And then, one resident said that we cannot forget to write down the peace of mind that housing brings. All of them agreed.
  • One person described how the stress of living on the street aggravated symptoms of paranoia and bi-polar disease. “I could not make any sound decisions for myself until I was in housing.”

Please consider making a difference in a person’s life by donating to the How’s Nashville fund.

 

June-January

Aging of homeless population

We just stumbled across an interesting study from Dennis Culhane who looked at the aging homeless population.

In essence, the study, which is called The Aging of Contemporary Homelessness says that if we are looking at ending homelessness among single adults, we need to continue our focus on supportive housing for single adults who were born between 1954 and 1967. Looking at who How’s Nashville partners is serving now, this population fits right in. The average age of folks who are still housed after one year is 49.6.

Families generally remain most vulnerable in their early 20s. Culhane mostly focused on the population that has struggled with homelessness since the 1980s, which he describes as the present generation of homelessness.

However, Culhane warns, a new generation of homelessness could be created if we do not include strong prevention efforts for veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraqi wars, youth aging out of foster care, and young people released from the prison systems.

2016 by 2016

How’s Nashville launches ’2016 by 2016′ Campaign

The How’s Nashville campaign just sent out a press release about its new 2016 by 2016 campaign, which aims to assist 2,016 Nashvillians who are Veterans or experience chronic homelessness within the next two years.

The 2016 by 2016 campaign aligns itself with the national Zero: 2016 campaign, whose goal is to end Veterans homelessness by the end of this year and chronic homelessness by the end of 2016.

The purpose for the 2016 by 2016 campaign is to look at all existing resources, revamp our current community effort by setting new goals, and recruit even more community partners, especially landlords to assist:

  • 595 Veterans;
  • 1,421 people experiencing chronic homelessness; and
  • Others who are homeless and at risk of dying prematurely because of known health conditions.

The How’s Nashville movement brings together more than 30 partner agencies representing the nonprofit, government, and for-profit sectors, with over 20 of these partners providing direct services.

 

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2016 by 2016

How’s Nashville partners launched the local 2016 by 2016 campaign today, aiming to assist 2,016 Nashvillians who are Veterans or experience chronic homelessness within the next two years.

The 2016 by 2016 campaign aligns itself with the national Zero: 2016 campaign, whose goal is to end Veterans homelessness by the end of this year and chronic homelessness by the end of 2016.

The purpose for the 2016 by 2016 campaign is to look at all existing resources, revamp our current community effort by setting new goals, and recruit even more community partners, especially landlords to assist:

  • 595 Veterans;
  • 1,421 people experiencing chronic homelessness; and
  • Others who are homeless and at risk of dying prematurely because of known health conditions.

The How’s Nashville movement brings together more than 30 partner agencies representing the nonprofit, government, and for-profit sectors, with over 20 of these partners provide direct services.

Since inception of the How’s Nashville campaign in June 2013, partner agencies have helped more than 950 people who experienced chronic homelessness move into permanent housing. The current annual housing retention rate is about 77%.

Mayor weather briefing

Winter Weather Alert

Nashville shelter providers and outreach workers – all partners in the How’s Nashville campaign – created a coordinated Cold Weather Community Response Plan for this season. This past week, we reached Level 4, which is our highest level alert. Level 4 means that Metro government is assisting nonprofit partners with outreach to and sheltering of people experiencing homelessness due to a weather situation.

As you know, Nashville, like so many areas, dealt with some dangerous winter weather, snow and ice, this week.

Our partners stepped up. Here are just a few notes of this week’s collaboration:

Metro, under the leadership of the Office of Emergency Management, the Mayor’s Office, and the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission opened an overflow shelter for people experiencing homelessness at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.

More than 60 volunteers from the community stepped up to help out at Metro’s overflow shelter. This number does not count all the volunteers who committed to extra work at Room In the Inn congregations this past week.

A special shout out goes to Metro Social Services staff who helped fill most of the slots at Metro’s overflow shelter.

Outreach workers from Open Table Nashville, Mental Health Cooperative, Oasis Center, Park Center, and Metro first responders tirelessly canvassed areas and helped people experiencing homelessness reach shelters this week – after hours and under bad weather conditions.

It takes a community! Outreach workers from Mental Health Coop and Open Table Nashville reported that they successfully connected people who usually do not go indoors with shelters this past week.

Metro Police dedicated officers Wednesday afternoon and all through the night (weather forecasts predicted sub zero temperatures) to use their shifts to conduct cold weather checks and bring people into shelters.

MTA provided over 200 free bus rides this week for people identified by outreach workers as highly vulnerable and helped them reach emergency shelters.

Metro Libraries coordinated their opening hours to keep warm locations open for homeless people to go during the daytime.

Metro Animal Shelter provided small, individual shelters with crates and supplies to keep homeless people and their pets together.

Hunt Brothers Pizza donated a dinner at the overflow shelter, and Jackson National Life Insurance Company sponsored another dinner.

Neighborhood associations, universities and local nonprofits stepped in to help recruit volunteers.

Thank you to all How’s Nashville partners for your continued dedication to help people move into permanent supportive housing. That is the solutions we believe in as a community!

The overflow shelter closed Saturday at noon, and the regular Cold Weather Community Response Plan went back into effect. The cold weather is not over. This coming week, we will be at elevated weather alerts (Levels 2 and 3). Please support the lifesaving work of our emergency shelters: Room In The Inn, the Nashville Rescue Mission, Oasis Center, Safe Haven Family Shelter.

 

 

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900 People Housed

Since the launch of How’s Nashville in June 4, 2013, and the end of December, 2014, we have assisted 900 people who had experienced chronic homelessness and/or were vulnerable with permanent supportive housing.

Please view our latest Housing Placement Report.

The following data describes our campaign partners’ achievements during 2014:

546 people obtained permanent housing from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.

64% meet the “chronic only” definition.

5% meet the “vulnerable only” definition.

31% meet the “chronic and vulnerable” definition.