2016 by 2016 – How’s Nashville commits to a sustainable system that will end
- Veterans homelessness by housing 595 Veterans by 12/31/2015;
- chronic homelessness by housing 1421 individuals by 12/31/2016; and
- all family and youth homelessness by 12/31/2020.
This is the How’s Nashville movement’s Aim Statement. This is what we stand for. This is what we are asking all our community partners to sign up for.
How’s Nashville is a collaboration, a movement, a community effort. It includes people from all sectors who join as individuals and through their organizations around the goal to end homelessness in Nashville.
Our newest campaign is called 2016 by 2016 – housing 2,016 homeless Veterans and people experiencing chronic homelessness by the end of 2016.
Please join the movement, contact Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how.
Since the launch of How’s Nashville in June 2013 until the end of December 2014, our community has housed 900 people who are chronically homeless or extremely vulnerable. Starting in January 2015, How’s Nashville launched the 2016 by 2016 campaign.
The 2016 by 2016 campaign reports out on housing placement progress for two groups: Veterans and people experiencing chronic homelessness (including families). The goal is to assist 595 local Veterans with permanent housing by the end of 2015 and 1,421 people experiencing chronic and/or vulnerable homelessness by the end of 2016.
Here are the housing placement reports for the first quarter of 2015:
- January: 39 Veterans & 47 people experiencing chronic homelessness
- February: 19 Veterans & 36 people experiencing chronic homelessness
- March: 32 Veterans & 67 people experiencing chronic homelessness
How’s Nashville is a community movement and encompasses partners from the nonprofit, government and private sectors who work on ending homelessness in Nashville. Our numbers reflect community reports. The Metropolitan Homelessness Commission accumulates the numbers directly from its partner organizations and reports these totals back out.
Every person wants and needs information to make decisions for themselves. The same goes for people experiencing homelessness.
That’s why How’s Nashville is inviting people who received assistance through the campaign to participate in the monthly residents meetings and help us outline what kind of communication would be useful and in what format. We rely on their advice to improve our processes and overall approach.
We would like to thank How’s Nashville residents for their active participation and for helping us empower people on their journey to housing.
Thank you so much to Paul Tyson and his team from Vision Hospitality Group Inc. for using the grand opening of Up, a rooftop lounge on the 8th floor of the Fairfield Inn & Suites (on Division Street in the Gulch) as a fundraiser for How’s Nashville.
We also thank Mayor Karl Dean to attend the event and help us create awareness for How’s Nashville. Watch a video of the event.
You can still support How’s Nashville by ordering the Chocolate Pot’s de Creme dessert at Up. All proceeds will go to the How’s Nashville fund at the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission covering move-in costs for people who transition from homelessness into their new home.
Please join us at UP, a rooftop lounge, at 901 Division Street in the Gulch tomorrow from 5-7 p.m.
It’s a restaurant grand opening that serves as a How’s Nashville fundraiser. Mayor Karl Dean is planning to join Will Connelly, the director of the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission. Our host, the person who organized the fundraiser to go with the grand opening is Paul Tyson, regional director of operations for Vision Hospitality Group, Inc.
Paul Tyson and Vision Hospitality Group also sponsor our monthly residents meetings. They will dedicate the proceeds from one of the desserts at UP to benefit How’s Nashville for the rest of the year. We’ll announce after tomorrow what dessert you should eat there.
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.