Today, Nashville joined an elite group of communities that are on track to end chronic and vulnerable homelessness! 40 cities were recognized today at the National Alliance to End Homelessness conference in Washington, D.C.,…cities that are consistently housing 2.5% of the total number of people experiencing chronic homelessness each month. This number is the difference between talking about ending homelessness and actually doing it. Congratulations, Nashville!
As part of the club, Nashville will gain access to exclusive learning opportunities through the 100,000 Homes Campaign and will join a special problem-solving email list-serv with other peer cities to help continue the innovation that How’s Nashville is all about!
Celebrate with us! This week MDHA gave out nine Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) to folks identified by our How’s Nashville partners. We are so proud to have this new partnership with MDHA, which will set aside 18 vouchers per month (!) for people who have experienced chronic homelessness and have been identified as being vulnerable through our How’s Nashville process.
This is just one example of what we can do in our community through collaboration. We are so proud of our partners!
Congrats to another new resident who signed a lease today! How’s Nashville has a huge housing goal for July – we want 76 people experiencing chronic homelessness to find new homes this month. A huge thanks goes out to all of the partner organizations, volunteers, landlords, agencies, donors, and especially the new residents. How’s Nashville would be nowhere near its housing goal without you!
Here’s a short clip of Edward after moving into his new home (apologies in advance for having to bend your neck to watch the video!). Congrats, Edward, on leaving the streets after 13 years! Meet Edward (.mov, Quicktime)
On June 4th, How’s Nashville set an “unreasonable, but believable” goal of housing 200 people experiencing chronic homelessness in 100 days. The first 30 days are complete, and our community hit our 30-day housing goal on the head. 43 people are off the streets and in new homes! Check out our recent press release here: Hows_Nashville_070313.
Our July housing goal is even more ambitious! We want 76 more people to find new homes in July. Here are our most pressing needs to meet this goal:
- Storage unit/facility for furniture
- Volunteers (with transportation) to move furniture
- Apartments at reduced rents (tenant signs a lease and pays 30% of whatever their income is plus utilities)
- Landlords who accept Section 8 housing vouchers (and are willing to get their units pre-inspected by MDHA)
We have other needs, but housing is the most important one. Thanks to everyone who has pitched in so far! If you can help us meet any of the needs above, please contact Judy Tackett at the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission at 615-880-2360 or firstname.lastname@example.org.