Monthly Archives: July 2017

Landlords, help us open doors for homeless Veterans

50 communities nationwide have effectively ended Veteran homelessness.

Let’s join that club, Nashville!

We already have a workgroup of local, state, and national partners meeting monthly to improve our collaboration to house even more Nashville Veterans and meet the criteria and benchmarks outlined by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness in 2018.

What we need now is for you to help us identify landlords willing to rent to Veterans who receive subsidies.

Earlier this year, Mayor Megan Barry created a landlord incentive program through the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency. Participating landlords are eligible for a lease signing bonus through the VASH program, which combines a rental assistance voucher with case management and clinical services to assist Veterans transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing. In addition, the incentive program will pay for some unpaid rent and damages, should a renter leave in bad standing.

How can you help?

  1. Share the information below through social media, with your congregation and your neighborhood association, with your friends and families. Help us reach landlords!
  2. Donate to the How’s Nashville fund to help cover move-in costs.

Our call for landlords:

If you are a landlord/owner and would like to make a unit available to an eligible homeless Veteran, please contact Diana Reado, MDHA VASH Program Outreach Coordinator, at dreado@nashville-mdha.org, or by phone at 615-782-3950.

Outcome-oriented solutions

What are successful outcomes for people experiencing homelessness?

For most of us, the answer seems to be a no-brainer: housing.

However, moving people into housing is often an output because the success is to help people improve their situation and reach some form of housing stability. Thus, reaching low recidivism rates is an outcome measure we should pay attention to, especially after one or two years.

The following article, entitled Rethinking Homeless Shelters from the Ground Up, which was recently published by The Atlantic’s CityLab, provides an example of ground-breaking approach of how to design a program that is outcome-driven.

We need new, bold thinking and align it with our funding sources to drive true change that improve people’s lives long-term.