Monthly Archives: June 2016

Hospital to Home

The Hospital to Home (H2H) project strives to provide coordinated pathways to permanent supportive housing for some of Nashville/Davidson County’s most medically vulnerable, homeless residents.  The newly assembled H2H Steering Committee, including representatives from 4 local hospitals, 3 federally qualified health centers, and the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission (MHC), met for the first time on March 4, 2016.  Current H2H multi-sector strategic planning efforts addressing housing, care coordination, and data sharing are framed by a collective impact model – particularly suited for complex, systemic problems like improving stable housing placements and medical access and care for some of our most vulnerable neighbors.

Focus Strategies has recently provided technical assistance to MHC and the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) producing recommendations on systems re-design – including the creation of a Housing Crisis Resolution System (HCRS).  An HCRS speaks to systems transformation – shifting from a set of homeless services that only ameliorate the immediate crisis of homelessness to a crisis response system that can help prevent and resolve it.  It is anticipated that the establishment of H2H Coordinating Teams at local health care delivery sites (i.e., emergency rooms, hospitals, health clinics) will become a component part of Nashville’s new coordinated entry system – an essential feature of the overall HCRS.

Housing Placement updates for 2016

So far this year, Nashville’s provider community has assisted 278 people experiencing chronic homelessness and 102 Veterans move into their own housing. These numbers seemed to be unachievable three years ago at the launch of the How’s Nashville campaign.

Let’s recap:

Prior to June 2013, the average monthly housing placement hovered around 19 people. Then, in June 2013, our community launched the How’s Nashville campaign with a 100-Day challenge to house 200 people in 100 days. We did miss the target by a few people, but as a community we celebrated the success of housing over 70 people during July and overall managed to double the average monthly housing placement rate.

By 2014, we had reached an average housing placement rate of approximately 45 people per month. At the end of 2015, that number had increased to 59 people a month.

And we have kept it steady ever since. In May of 2016 alone, our partner agencies helped 88 people who struggled with chronic homelessness move into permanent housing. This is a number, we could not have fathomed three years ago.

Thank you Nashville! Thank you to all provider agencies!