Monthly Archives: February 2016

How’s Nashville houses 1,000 in 2015!

How’s Nashville partners assisted close to 1,000 individuals including families with children during calendar year 2015. That is 100 more people within a 12-month span than in the previous 18 months.

Beginning 2015, the How’s Nashville campaign joined the national Zero: 2016 campaign (locally called the 2016 by 2016 campaign) and focused on housing people experiencing chronic homelessness and homeless veterans during 2015. The goal is to help a total of 2,016 people obtain permanent housing by the end of 2016.

To continue to follow our progress, check our monthly housing placement reports.

Opening Doors, the federal plan to end homelessness

Much of our community’s work here in Nashville, especially through the How’s Nashville campaign is aligned with the federal goals outlined in Opening Doors.

Opening Doors is a plan that outlines a comprehensive federal strategy to prevent and end homelessness. We encourage you to read up on the specific goals outlined in the plan, which include:

As part of the discussion, it is important that we all understand and agree on what ending homelessness means. To that end, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness explains what ending homelessness means the following way:

“An end to homelessness means that every community will have a systematic response in place that ensures homelessness is prevented whenever possible, or if it can’t be prevented, it is a rare, brief, and non-recurring experience.

Specifically, every community will have the capacity to:

  • Quickly identify and engage people at risk of and experiencing homelessness.
  • Intervene to prevent the loss of housing and divert people from entering the homelessness services system.
  • When homelessness does occur, provide immediate access to shelter and crisis services, without barriers to entry, while permanent stable housing and appropriate supports are being secured, and quickly connect people to housing assistance and services—tailored to their unique needs and strengths—to help them achieve and maintain stable housing.”