Monthly Archives: February 2014

Central Entry System Increases Collaborative Work

Today was our second Case Conference meeting where Nashville service providers meet to discuss the appropriate measures to connect people who have been homeless and are vulnerable with housing opportunities.

Since the How’s Nashville campaign launched its second 100 Day Goal, which is to create a citywide Central Entry System (CES), collaboration among our partners has increased.

Our goal is to connect 100 households (50 individuals and 50 families) with housing by May 30. In this process, Nashville is implementing a new screening tool called the VI-SPDAT, which will help determine the vulnerability of participants. The goal is to get away from a first-come, first-serve system and match people with the appropriate housing opportunity in a timely manner.

Our biggest need remains identifying landlords willing to work with us on this campaign. If you are a landlord, please contact Judith Tackett at 615-880-2360.

40 Under 40: Will Connelly

Will Connelly will be recognized as one of the Nashville Business Journal’s 2014 40 Under 40 honorees.

Please join the How’s Nashville partners and congratulate Will Connelly who started just over a year ago as the director of the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission. He immediately set out to align Nashville with the 100,000 Homes Campaign and brought community partners representing the government, nonprofit and business sectors together to work on ending chronic homelessness in Nashville.

The honor is well deserved!

60 Minutes featuring Nashville

In case you have not had a chance to see the piece about the 100,000 Homes Campaign on 60 Minutes that features the How’s Nashville campaign as an example of what cities can do, here is the link to the online 60 Minutes story.

In addition to the report by Anderson Cooper, which was produced by Andy Court and his great team, Andy and Anderson speak about their personal experiences during the filming. Watch how Anderson and Andy see homelessness now.

If you’d like to support the local effort, please visit our support pages.

We are always looking for landlords willing to work with the How’s Nashville campaign.

Thank you to all the supporters who came out yesterday to the Library for a screening and the announcement of our new 100 Day goal.

The How’s Nashville partners will work to create a new Coordinated Entry System for Nashville and test the system by housing 50 individuals and 50 families (of highest acuity) by May 30.

 

How’s Nashville in Action

When walking into Diane “Mama Bear” Garton’s home nothing gives away that the lady of the house has been homeless three short months ago. Thanks to the How’s Nashville campaign, she has received a Section 8 housing voucher, been linked with disability income, and received assistance with move-in costs and furniture.

Garton, 54, couldn’t be more grateful. She said her portion of the rent is $138 a month, and she has paid a lot of attention to making her apartment a real comfortable home for herself and her dog Sunshine.

“I pray every day and thank God. Of all the things I’ve been through all my life – having things and losing them – the Lord has given me another chance to have something and I’m loving it.”

Garton is one of over 360 people who have received assistance from How’s Nashville partners since the campaign launched in June 2013.

If you would like to help, consider giving a monetary contribution. At this point, we can only accept checks. Please make them out to “How’s Nashville” and mail them to Metropolitan Homelessness Commission, attn.: Will Connelly, P.O. Box 196300, Nashville, TN, 37219-6300.

If you are a Nashville landlord who is interested to learn more about the campaign, please visit our landlord page.

 

Boot Camp on Coordinated Entry

After tonight’s airing of 60 Minutes (Feb. 9, CBS, 6 p.m.), which plans to feature the How’s Nashville campaign as an example of the 100,000 Homes Campaign, no one will doubt Nashville’s dedication to ending chronic homelessness.

The campaign’s partners have come together once again and participated in a two-day boot camp last week to start a Coordinated Entry System (CES) in Nashville.

We will announce our next goal in a small event in the auditorium of the Nashville Downtown Library, 615 Church Street, at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, February 10. The event is tied to the 60 Minutes-piece and will be cancelled if 60 Minutes does not air the segment. In that case, we will post our goals here and make a direct announcement to media and our forthcoming newsletter.