Congratulations to the How’s Nashville team for being admitted to the Zero: 2016 campaign.
This national campaign continues in the spirit of the 100,000 Homes Campaign. The official launch of the campaign will be in January 2015.
Now our goal is to end veterans homelessness by the end of 2015 and chronic homelessness by the end of 2016.
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.
How’s Nashville is following the principles of permanent supportive housing. Here are the main characteristics of permanent supportive housing:
- Housing is affordable meaning that households should not spend more than 30% of their adjusted monthly income towards the cost of rent and utilities.
- Housing is permanent without any time limits for the length of stay.
- Residents sign their own lease and have the same rights any tenant has.
- Supportive services designed to assist a resident to work toward self-sufficiency are provided with the housing, but are voluntary (participation in services offered is not a condition for continued tenancy).
Permanent supportive housing is a successful and cost-effective solution to homelessness. It can be offered at site-based developments and scattered-site units – as long as the fundamental principles listed above are maintained.
A How’s Nashville Housing Navigator is an employee of a community organization who walks alongside a person or family who is experiencing long-term homelessness from street or shelter to permanent supportive housing.
We are currently creating a Housing Navigator registry, which will include every service provider who is trained on this step-by-step process.
Here is some feedback we received from our newly trained housing navigators:
It was helpful to breakdown the process step by step.
Great overview of the whole process and great info about how matching is done, and good tips on what to do at each stage.
The training helped with putting everything in to perspective with me. It was very detailed in each step to use in all areas.
Things have changed over the course of time and so it was good to get caught up to speed.
Thank you to all our partners for working every day to end chronic homelessness in Nashville. We are on our way!
Congratulations to all our new residents on obtaining permanent housing!
We are now hosting a monthly How’s Nashville Residents Meeting. As a How’s Nashville resident you are welcome to join us on the third Wednesday of every month at 9 a.m. for breakfast, education, fun, and giveaways (each participant will receive a day bus pass – and if you come to 3 out of 4 meetings, you’ll get a 30-day bus pass).
Our first meeting was a great success!
Thank you to all our partners, especially Centerstone, the Nashville Rescue Mission, Open Table Nashville, the Mental Health Cooperative, the VA, Park Center, the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission, and Nashville Cares.
A special shout-out goes to the sponsor of our door prizes - the Community Resource Center.
How’s Nashville hosted its first housing navigator training. We have been working on clarifying roles and processes.
With close to 700 people housed since June 2013 in our community, we find it helpful to ensure that all our housing navigators are trained on the How’s Nashville navigation process. Thank you Karri and Deon from the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission on helping to implement this important step.
If you are working full-time with an organization that serves people who experience chronic homelessness and you are interested in learning more about the How’s Nashville housing navigator trainings, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.