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June Housing Placement

How’s Nashville partners exceeded the June-goal of assisting people experiencing chronic homelessness with permanent housing. Our goal was to help 64 people obtain housing and we actually assisted 67.

At this time last year, we maintained an average housing placement rate of 44 people per month. In comparison, since we launched the current 2016 by 2016 campaign in January, we assist on average 54 people who experience chronic homelessness with housing.

It is important to understand that How’s Nashville is a collaboration that includes most of our community service provider agencies who mainly work with people experiencing homelessness. Therefore, the numbers the How’s Nashville partners report out are trying to capture the housing placement rate at a community level.

Housing Navigators

A How’s Nashville Housing Navigator is an employee of a community organization who walks alongside a person or family who is experiencing long-term homelessness from street or shelter to permanent supportive housing.

The Metropolitan Homelessness Commission has created a Housing Navigator registry, which includes every service provider who is trained on our community’s step-by-step process (from street/shelter to permanent housing).

Here is some feedback we received from our trained housing navigators:

It was helpful to breakdown the process step  by step.

Great overview of the whole process and great info about how matching is done, and good tips on what to do at each stage.

The training helped with putting everything in to perspective with me. It was very detailed in each step to use in all areas.

Things have changed over the course of time and so it was good to get caught up to speed.

Thank you to all our partners for working every day to end chronic homelessness in Nashville. We are on our way!

 

 

Housing Navigator Training

How’s Nashville hosted its first housing navigator training. We have been working on clarifying roles and processes.

With close to 700 people housed since June 2013 in our community, we find it helpful to ensure that all our housing navigators are trained on the How’s Nashville navigation process. Thank you Karri and Deon from the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission on helping to implement this important step.

If you are working full-time with an organization that serves people who experience chronic homelessness and you are interested in learning more about the How’s Nashville housing navigator trainings, please email karri.simpson@nashville.gov or judith.tackett@nashville.gov.

 

Registry Week: Volunteers Needed

How’s Nashville is all about involving the community. The campaign is driven by community collaboration, and we need your help.

We are recruiting volunteers for Registry Week. In particular, we still need about 100 volunteers to help survey people in the early mornings of May 29-31.

Please sign up here, and help us spread the word. You can click the following link for a volunteer flyer to print and distribute at your place of worship, work and among your friends and family: HowsNashville_volunteer_flyer.

All volunteers are required to participate in a training session on Tuesday, May 28, from 5:30-7 pm.

Surveying will take place Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 3:30-5:30pm (May 29-31) in and around Downtown Nashville. We will have all information for you during volunteer training.

We also are looking for people helping with data entry. All times are listed on our sign up form.

Training for all volunteers (on May 28) and the survey headquarters will be set up at the Randee Rogers Training Center, 1419 Rosa Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37208.

For more information, please call Judith Tackett with the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission at 615-880-2360 or email her at Judith.Tackett@nashville.gov.

About Registry Week:

The Registry Week’s purpose is to create a local Vulnerability Index. While Nashville has completed its first Vulnerability Index in fall of 2008, the community decided that it was time to update it and conduct a new Registry Week at the launch of our renewed effort to end chronic homelessness in our city.

How’s Nashville aligns itself with the national 100,000 Homes Campaign that aims to permanently house 100,000 chronically homeless and vulnerable individuals and families by July 2014. Nashville is off to a good start, but we need your support and your help to succeed. Please sign up to volunteer for Registry Week.

Volunteer flyer

Promising Strategies Series: Vulnerability Assessment Tool (VAT)

Our Promising Strategies Series blog entries are intended to offer a brief overview on specific approaches to end homelessness. We will post links to external sites where you can find more in-depth information.

Representatives from DESC out of Seattle, Wash., were in Nashville from April 24-26 to train a group of service providers on the Vulnerability Assessment Tool (VAT) that will further help determine who in our community is most vulnerable and in dire need of housing.

DESC developed the VAT about 10 years ago and applied it at its main shelter to determine who needs a bed for the night most urgently. The tool allows programs to give priority to people who are extremely vulnerable if left to fend for themselves.

The VAT rates a person’s level of functioning and health and includes other specific characteristics to determine individual safety. More specifically, the VAT examines 10 different areas to measure vulnerability:

  1. Survival Skills;
  2. Basic Needs;
  3. Indicated Mortality Risks;
  4. Medical Risks;
  5. Organization/Orientation;
  6. Mental Health;
  7. Substance Use;
  8. Communication;
  9. Social Behaviors; and
  10. Homelessness.

Click the following link for an introduction to the Vulnerability Assessment Tool.

DESC has a close working relationship with the University of Washington and a research evaluation conducted on the VAT in 2010 concluded that the tool holds “strong properties of both reliability and validity.”

We are honored that DESC representatives travelled to Nashville to train a select group of outreach workers and service providers in utilizing the VAT properly.

How’s Nashville plans to use the VAT in conjunction with the Vulnerability Index (VI). The VAT goes into more details while the VI mostly relies on self-reporting. Utilizing the VAT will give us an extra layer to help determine who among our neighbors living in the streets and shelters are most vulnerable. We plan to prioritize housing, starting with the most vulnerable and chronically homeless individuals in our community.

About DESC: The Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) is a nonprofit organization based in Seattle that works to end the homelessness of vulnerable people, particularly those living with serious mental or addictive illnesses.  Follow the link to read DESC’s full mission statement.

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.