Monthly Archives: May 2016

Housing First

Housing First is a proven approach to ending homelessness, especially for vulnerably, high-needs populations.

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) has recently published a Housing First check list that serves as a tool to evaluate whether a particular housing program or a community approach is following the Housing First principles.

In addition, for partners interested in digging a little deeper, Pathways Housing First, one of the nations first Housing First program, has developed a Fidelity_Scale for programs that follow an Assertive-Community-Treatment (ACT) case management model.

As a community that is working on ending homelessness by creating a systemic approach to achieve our goal, we encourage our partner agencies to familiarize themselves with what Housing First truly entails. Information and education is the first step toward understanding our common goal – which is to make homelessness episodes rare, brief and one-time for everyone in Nashville.


Housing Placements First Quarter 2016

In January 2015, the How’s Nashville movement launched 2016 by 2016, a local campaign to end Veteran homelessness and chronic homelessness by December 31, 2016.  This campaign is aligned with Zero: 2016, a national effort that supports our local homeless service community through resource optimization and technical assistance.

The 2016 by 2016 campaign set a goal to assist 595 local Veterans and 1,421 people experiencing chronic and/or vulnerable homelessness with permanent housing by the end of 2016.

So far a total of 352 Veterans and 829 people who were chronically homeless have been housed since the start of the 2016 by 2016 campaign. That equals an average housing placement rate of 79 people per month (23 Veterans and 55 people experiencing chronic homelessness).