How’s Nashville residents want to let donors know what a difference their contribution has made in their lives:
- Having housing means to have your own key, one resident said.
- I now have a restroom and can take a shower, another one added.
- I can do my laundry.
- I have my own bed.
- We are protected from the elements and in a health emergency, we can call for help and deal with it.
- We have privacy, we don’t need to worry about police harassment.
- And then, one resident said that we cannot forget to write down the peace of mind that housing brings. All of them agreed.
- One person described how the stress of living on the street aggravated symptoms of paranoia and bi-polar disease. “I could not make any sound decisions for myself until I was in housing.”
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We just stumbled across an interesting study from Dennis Culhane who looked at the aging homeless population.
In essence, the study, which is called The Aging of Contemporary Homelessness says that if we are looking at ending homelessness among single adults, we need to continue our focus on supportive housing for single adults who were born between 1954 and 1967. Looking at who How’s Nashville partners is serving now, this population fits right in. The average age of folks who are still housed after one year is 49.6.
Families generally remain most vulnerable in their early 20s. Culhane mostly focused on the population that has struggled with homelessness since the 1980s, which he describes as the present generation of homelessness.
However, Culhane warns, a new generation of homelessness could be created if we do not include strong prevention efforts for veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraqi wars, youth aging out of foster care, and young people released from the prison systems.
The How’s Nashville campaign just sent out a press release about its new 2016 by 2016 campaign, which aims to assist 2,016 Nashvillians who are Veterans or experience chronic homelessness within the next two years.
The 2016 by 2016 campaign aligns itself with the national Zero: 2016 campaign, whose goal is to end Veterans homelessness by the end of this year and chronic homelessness by the end of 2016.
The purpose for the 2016 by 2016 campaign is to look at all existing resources, revamp our current community effort by setting new goals, and recruit even more community partners, especially landlords to assist:
- 595 Veterans;
- 1,421 people experiencing chronic homelessness; and
- Others who are homeless and at risk of dying prematurely because of known health conditions.
The How’s Nashville movement brings together more than 30 partner agencies representing the nonprofit, government, and for-profit sectors, with over 20 of these partners providing direct services.