How’s Nashville in Action

When walking into Diane “Mama Bear” Garton’s home nothing gives away that the lady of the house has been homeless three short months ago. Thanks to the How’s Nashville campaign, she has received a Section 8 housing voucher, been linked with disability income, and received assistance with move-in costs and furniture.

Garton, 54, couldn’t be more grateful. She said her portion of the rent is $138 a month, and she has paid a lot of attention to making her apartment a real comfortable home for herself and her dog Sunshine.

“I pray every day and thank God. Of all the things I’ve been through all my life – having things and losing them – the Lord has given me another chance to have something and I’m loving it.”

Garton is one of over 360 people who have received assistance from How’s Nashville partners since the campaign launched in June 2013.

If you would like to help, consider giving a monetary contribution. At this point, we can only accept checks. Please make them out to “How’s Nashville” and mail them to Metropolitan Homelessness Commission, attn.: Will Connelly, P.O. Box 196300, Nashville, TN, 37219-6300.

If you are a Nashville landlord who is interested to learn more about the campaign, please visit our landlord page.


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