Our community’s annual housing retention rate for people who moved into a permanent apartment and successfully stayed there for a year remains high at 77%.
which compares to a housing retention rate of about 25% after one year for a comparison group of people who are not connected to support ( Source: Tsemberis, S. (2010). Housing First: The Pathways Model to End Homelessness for People with Mental Illness and Addiction. Center City, MN: Hazelden).
Our latest housing placement rate shows that since inception of How’s Nashville, 842 people experiencing long-term homelessness moved into permanent supportive housing with help of our partner agencies.
This year alone, our community was able to assist 488 people (since January 2014). That is more than doubling the estimated housing placement rate that was reported in the months prior to the How’s Nashville campaign.
More than a dozen How’s Nashville residents participated in our third residents meeting. The monthly gathering aims to offer support, garner feedback, ensure new residents know landlord expectations and tenant rights, and create a sense of community.
Thank you to Paul Tyson and Tiffany Lewis of the Vision Hospitality Group for catering breakfast!
Our annual Nashville Homeless Memorial Day will take place on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at the Riverfront Park at the end of Broadway. While we are working on permanent supportive housing for people, still too many lives are lost every year of people who were still struggling with homelessness.
A Memorial Observance at Riverfront Park starts at 9 a.m.
If you would like to join a Silent March to Riverfront Park, please be at Room In The Inn, 705 Drexel Street, by 8:15 a.m.
Housing navigators are working at the provider agencies who drive the How’s Nashville campaign. In essence, How’s Nashville is a social movement where agencies from the nonprofit, for-profit, and government sectors to put their resources together to work on solutions.
We started looking at how we can improve the housing placement rate for people who experience chronic homelessness. Recently we improved our process to make sure people are offered support services as they move into housing.
To get a one-minute overview of our vision, please watch the following YouTube video created by Blair Tramel, a Vanderbilt student who interned with the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission this fall semester;
How’s Nashville Vision Step-by-Step