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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.

2016 by 2016

How’s Nashville partners launched the local 2016 by 2016 campaign today, aiming to assist 2,016 Nashvillians who are Veterans or experience chronic homelessness within the next two years.

The 2016 by 2016 campaign aligns itself with the national Zero: 2016 campaign, whose goal is to end Veterans homelessness by the end of this year and chronic homelessness by the end of 2016.

The purpose for the 2016 by 2016 campaign is to look at all existing resources, revamp our current community effort by setting new goals, and recruit even more community partners, especially landlords to assist:

  • 595 Veterans;
  • 1,421 people experiencing chronic homelessness; and
  • Others who are homeless and at risk of dying prematurely because of known health conditions.

The How’s Nashville movement brings together more than 30 partner agencies representing the nonprofit, government, and for-profit sectors, with over 20 of these partners provide direct services.

Since inception of the How’s Nashville campaign in June 2013, partner agencies have helped more than 950 people who experienced chronic homelessness move into permanent housing. The current annual housing retention rate is about 77%.

Winter Weather Alert

Nashville shelter providers and outreach workers – all partners in the How’s Nashville campaign – created a coordinated Cold Weather Community Response Plan for this season. This past week, we reached Level 4, which is our highest level alert. Level 4 means that Metro government is assisting nonprofit partners with outreach to and sheltering of people experiencing homelessness due to a weather situation.

As you know, Nashville, like so many areas, dealt with some dangerous winter weather, snow and ice, this week.

Our partners stepped up. Here are just a few notes of this week’s collaboration:

Metro, under the leadership of the Office of Emergency Management, the Mayor’s Office, and the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission opened an overflow shelter for people experiencing homelessness at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.

More than 60 volunteers from the community stepped up to help out at Metro’s overflow shelter. This number does not count all the volunteers who committed to extra work at Room In the Inn congregations this past week.

A special shout out goes to Metro Social Services staff who helped fill most of the slots at Metro’s overflow shelter.

Outreach workers from Open Table Nashville, Mental Health Cooperative, Oasis Center, Park Center, and Metro first responders tirelessly canvassed areas and helped people experiencing homelessness reach shelters this week – after hours and under bad weather conditions.

It takes a community! Outreach workers from Mental Health Coop and Open Table Nashville reported that they successfully connected people who usually do not go indoors with shelters this past week.

Metro Police dedicated officers Wednesday afternoon and all through the night (weather forecasts predicted sub zero temperatures) to use their shifts to conduct cold weather checks and bring people into shelters.

MTA provided over 200 free bus rides this week for people identified by outreach workers as highly vulnerable and helped them reach emergency shelters.

Metro Libraries coordinated their opening hours to keep warm locations open for homeless people to go during the daytime.

Metro Animal Shelter provided small, individual shelters with crates and supplies to keep homeless people and their pets together.

Hunt Brothers Pizza donated a dinner at the overflow shelter, and Jackson National Life Insurance Company sponsored another dinner.

Neighborhood associations, universities and local nonprofits stepped in to help recruit volunteers.

Thank you to all How’s Nashville partners for your continued dedication to help people move into permanent supportive housing. That is the solutions we believe in as a community!

The overflow shelter closed Saturday at noon, and the regular Cold Weather Community Response Plan went back into effect. The cold weather is not over. This coming week, we will be at elevated weather alerts (Levels 2 and 3). Please support the lifesaving work of our emergency shelters: Room In The Inn, the Nashville Rescue Mission, Oasis Center, Safe Haven Family Shelter.

 

 

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!

 

 

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