How’s Nashville partners exceeded the June-goal of assisting people experiencing chronic homelessness with permanent housing. Our goal was to help 64 people obtain housing and we actually assisted 67.
At this time last year, we maintained an average housing placement rate of 44 people per month. In comparison, since we launched the current 2016 by 2016 campaign in January, we assist on average 54 people who experience chronic homelessness with housing.
It is important to understand that How’s Nashville is a collaboration that includes most of our community service provider agencies who mainly work with people experiencing homelessness. Therefore, the numbers the How’s Nashville partners report out are trying to capture the housing placement rate at a community level.
If you have been following the media over the past few days and hear about the campsite at Ft. Negley and wonder how you can help, here is what we hope you will do:
Support How’s Nashville’s #2016by2016 campaign. We need donations to cover move-in costs for people experiencing chronic homelessness, and we need landlords accepting Section 8 vouchers (housing choice vouchers).
Right now several of the people have Section 8 vouchers obtained with the assistance of How’s Nashville partners, but they cannot find a landlord to accept them. In addition, there are about 100 homeless Veterans in our community who have housing vouchers in hand and cannot find landlords with available units to accept their vouchers.
In addition, our move-in funds are running out. So what can you do right now?
1. If you are a landlord, reach out to Deon Trotter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2. For all others, please make a donation. (please be aware crowd-funding contributions are not tax-deductible…)
… for a tax-deductible donation, please make out a check to “How’s Nashville” and mail it to Metropolitan Homelessness Commission, attn: Will Connelly, P.O. Box 196300, Nashville, TN, 37219-6300.
Share this post with your friends and take the extra step to follow up with them to take action. Please help.
Share your most creative smart phone video with us on Facebook showing your support for 2016 by 2016 by July 10 at noon to win a How’s Nashville t-shirt and a $25-gift card to a local restaurant.
Watch sample videos on our Facebook page including one from Mayor Karl Dean, who supports our effort to house 2,016 people by the end of 2016.
And don’t forget: 2016 by 2016 is about ending Veterans homelessness by the end of this year and chronic homelessness by the end of 2016.
To show your support of 2016 by 2016:
- Like How’s Nashville on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@HowsNashville);
- Donate $10 to help cover move-in costs to help house some of our most vulnerable neighbors.
Please participate! It takes the entire community to end Veterans and chronic homelessness.