Monthly Archives: January 2014

Collaboration Takes Over

The collaboration effort among Nashville’s provider agencies is taking over all aspects of service delivery. Together, we all focus on permanent solutions through the How’s Nashville campaign. In the meantime, during this January’s cold spells, we also worked closely together to increase our city’s capacity for shelter beds in an effort to get people indoors.

Our thanks go out to all the volunteers who have supported this effort together with agencies including Room In The Inn, Open Table Nashville Inc., the Nashville Rescue Mission, and the city government.

The key to our citywide response was everyone’s willingness to jump in and help (like Ricky, featured in the picture, one of the people who stayed at a shelter and stuck around helping with the clean up in the morning).

Thank you Nashville!

Over 350 housed

It is cold again in Nashville, which brings home the urgency to work on ending chronic homelessness and bringing people indoors for good.

The ultimate solution is permanent supportive housing. We still have a lot of work to do. But let’s take a moment of celebration and thank our partner agencies for helping 356 people who have experienced long-term homelessness move into permanent housing between the beginning of June and the end of December 2013.

That means an average of 50 people moved into their own apartments every month. This compares to an average of 19 people housed during January and May of 2013. Nashville about doubled its reported monthly housing placement rate under the collaborative effort of the How’s Nashville campaign!

How’s Nashville? — Doing great and working hard to continue to do better!

Time to Celebrate

We’d like to celebrate with you!

Since the launch of the campaign, our community has assisted 350 people, who have been experiencing longterm homelessness and are vulnerable, with permanent housing.

We would like to take this opportunity and thank all our donors that have made it possible for us to support people who enter housing with assistance of the How’s Nashville campaign with move-in costs.

Since June 4, we have raised about $120,000 in private funds. We currently spend the money by assisting people with removing barriers to housing including some move-in costs. Depending on individuals’ situations, we help pay for cost items such as rent and utility deposits, basic furniture and essential household items.

Moving forward, the need for donations that allow us to spend money in a flexible way and help people move into their own apartments continues.

At this point, we would like to especially mention two recent large donors: The Boulevard Bolt, which has generated a $12,000 for the How’s Nashville campaign, and the Greater Nashville Apartment Association (GNAA), which generously donated $5,000 towards the campaign.

To make donations, please visit our donation page. We accept checks and apologize that at this point, we cannot accept online donations or credit/debit cards. Please make checks out to How’s Nashville, and mail them to the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission, attn: Will Connelly, P.O. Box 196300, Nashville, TN 37219-6300.

Cold Winter Report

The Metropolitan Homelessness Commission would like to thank all the nonprofit organizations, shelter providers, volunteers, Metro personnel, and everybody involved who worked together closely to reach out to Nashville’s homeless population and ensure we did our utmost to provide a shelter bed to every person who needed it during the record low temperatures of the past few days.

On Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, more than 1,300 shelter beds were provided each night for people by the following organizations: Nashville Rescue Mission, Room In The Inn, Open Table Nashville, and an overflow shelter opened by Metro government. Each organization increased its capacity for shelter beds through Thursday morning. Click the following link for the final Emergency Shelter Report for January 5-8.

Metro government provided outreach support from the Office of Emergency Management, the Fire Department, the Police Department, the Mayor’s Office, and the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission throughout the night until Thursday morning.

We had dozens of people donate items and more than 130 Nashvillians offered to volunteer.

If you still want to donate items, please drop them off at Room In the Inn, the Nashville Rescue Mission or contact Open Table Nashville on their Facebook page.

For updates on shelter locations that are available during the winter months, please call 615-800-0195.

Weather Alert in Nashville – Need Help

Nashville will go through a cold spell next week. Starting Sunday temperatures will fall below freezing and will stay there until Wednesday afternoon.

We need help to reach out to people who experience homelessness. Please direct people to local shelters. We have an updated Information Line at 615-800-0195.

The following shelters are available:

Nashville Rescue Mission:

  • Men’s Campus, 639 Lafayette Street;
  • Women’s Campus, 1716 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.;
  • If you need transportation, please call the Mission’s Cold Patrol at 615-255-2475.

Room In The Inn:

  • Be at 705 Drexel Street by 4:30 p.m. to seek shelter at a local congregation;
  • If you have questions, call Room In The Inn from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at 615-251-7019.

Both locations will offer extended hours throughout the day to help people stay out of the cold.

Emergency Warming Shelters for people with pets, for couples, and for people who have been banned from other shelters:

  • Sunday, Jan. 5
  • Monday, Jan. 6
  • Tuesday, Jan. 7
  • Be at the Church Street Park across from the Nashville Downtown Library at 5 p.m. (pick up is between 5 and 5:30 p.m.)

We need help!

The following items can be dropped off at Metro Social Services, 800 Second Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37201. Times: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Hand & Feet Warmers
  • Blankets
  • Twin Sheets
  • Coats
  • Socks

We are also looking for volunteers to assist with the Emergency Warming Shelters. For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Judy Tackett at judithtackett@hotmail.com

Please hand out the following information flyer and post it in visible locations around town for people who experience homelessness: Cold Weather Alert flyer