We are working in partnership with our community on catching up with our 2017 Housing Placement Rates.
For January 2017, our community assisted 65 people experiencing chronic homelessness with permanent housing. In addition, 10 veterans who were literally homeless obtained housing.
The numbers are submitted by our community partners to the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission. The Commission de-duplicates numbers and then the How’s Nashville collaborative posts them online.
In our work, we come across a lot of situations where people are identified as “the homeless.” We sometimes forget that homelessness is a housing status – and nothing more. It is a description of a situation and not a person.
Even when we try to be person-centered, it can be hard to know how to change the language we use.
We found a great guide that offers suggestions on how we can talk about housing stability in a person-centered way. Here is a link to this Language Guide. We hope you can use it as a tool for your direct support workers who walk alongside the people accessing your programs.