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Volunteers needed for Registry Week

How’s Nashville is looking for dedicated volunteers to help survey individuals experiencing homelessness in our city during Registry Week, which is scheduled for May 28-June 4.

The surveying takes place in the early morning hours from 3:30-5:30, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

We are also in need for help with data entry during those three days and offer two shifts from 8-11am and from 11am-2pm.

Volunteers are requested to participate in a volunteer training on Tuesday, May 28, from 5:30-7pm. We also invite you to a community brief-back at 10:30am on June 4 in the Downtown Library.

Please sign up to volunteer online.

Registry Week is an effort to help our campaign identify the most medically vulnerable individuals who experience homelessness in our city. Once people have been surveyed, our volunteers will help enter the data into the Vulnerability Index. The Vulnerability Index allows providers to determine housing priority based on people’s medical fragility. Our goal is to prevent further deaths in the streets of Nashville. That’s why the How’s Nashville campaign partners determined to use this tool and start by focusing on housing the most vulnerable individuals and individuals who fit the description of chronically homeless.

The information of the Vulnerability Index will be used according to strong confidentiality standards. Other cities including Nashville that have aligned itself with the national 100,000 Homes Campaign have created a team of local service providers who meet weekly to help house people in need quickly.

How’s Nashville follows the Housing First principles, which moves individuals or families from the streets directly into permanent housing and links them with needed services. Bringing together a core team of service providers helps determine what type of services need to be provided to keep people housed longterm.

If you want to be a part of How’s Nashville and help us end chronic homelessness in our city, please volunteer for Registry Week.

The Role of the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission

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As you may already know, approximately 70 Nashville leaders representing a wide spectrum of organizations and sectors came together at the Downtown Partnership in February to learn and be part of the city’s new campaign to house our most vulnerable and chronic homeless neighbors. Our goal, as a community, is to end chronic homelessness within this decade.

The Metropolitan Homelessness Commission, under the leadership of its director, Will Connelly, has made the commitment to lead the charge of this new campaign.

Connelly describes the role of the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission as follows:

“The goal of the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission is to increase access to permanent supportive housing for people experiencing long-term homelessness in Davidson County.”

The Metropolitan Homelessness Commission is NOT a direct service provider, he explained.

“We are a planning and coordination body,” Connelly said. “We are trying to bring innovations and new strategies to the community and bring folks together.”

Connelly said the Homelessness Commission will serve as the backbone of the community campaign by staffing the campaign and ensuring consistent communication among partners. He views the Commission’s planning and coordination role as “fostering collaboration among stakeholders to improve our local system by increasing the housing placement rate and helping people stay in housing.”

Click on the following link to view Will Connelly’s description of the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission.