Monthly Archives: October 2014


Permanent Supportive Housing

How’s Nashville is following the principles of permanent supportive housing. Here are the main characteristics of permanent supportive housing:

  1. Housing is affordable meaning that households should not spend more than 30% of their adjusted monthly income towards the cost of rent and utilities.
  2. Housing is permanent without any time limits for the length of stay.
  3. Residents sign their own lease and have the same rights any tenant has.
  4. Supportive services designed to assist a resident to work toward self-sufficiency are provided with the housing, but are voluntary (participation in services offered is not a condition for continued tenancy).

Permanent supportive housing is a successful and cost-effective solution to homelessness. It can be offered at site-based developments and scattered-site units – as long as the fundamental principles listed above are maintained.



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!




Monthly Residents Meeting

Congratulations to all our new residents on obtaining permanent housing!

We are now hosting a monthly How’s Nashville Residents Meeting. As a How’s Nashville resident you are welcome to join us on the third Wednesday of every month at 9 a.m. for breakfast, education, fun, and giveaways (each participant will receive a day bus pass – and if you come to 3 out of 4 meetings, you’ll get a 30-day bus pass).

Our first meeting was a great success!

Thank you to all our partners, especially Centerstone, the Nashville Rescue Mission, Open Table Nashville, the Mental Health Cooperative, the VA, Park Center, the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission, and Nashville Cares.

A special shout-out goes to the sponsor of our door prizes – the Community Resource Center.

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 or



Community Solutions’ Problem-solving Process

Community Solutions is the national organization that gained attention when its 100,000 Homes Campaign exceeded its goal in June 2014 to help communities permanently house 100,000 vulnerable people who experienced chronic homelessness. The success was featured on 60 Minutes who sent Anderson Cooper to Nashville to cover the How’s Nashville campaign as an example of what communities can achieve when they focus on their available resources.

In a new article about Community Solution, Roseanne Haggerty focuses on the problem-solving process that has proven successful in cities across the nation including Nashville. The key steps to that process are:

  • Identify the early adopters and leaders in a community;
  • Help them really understand the problem and see it as a shared problem, one they can solve together;
  • Help them map the current reality to see exactly where they are now;
  • Set specific and ambitious goals; and
  • Develop a plan, a data-driven timeline, to reach the goal.

Read the full article, which also includes input from Will Connelly, the director of the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission, who speaks on the importance of creating a sense of urgency.

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Housing Placements

Each month, organizations that help people who experience chronic homelessness identify and obtain permanent housing report their housing placement data to the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission.

Our most recent housing placement numbers for Nashville are as follows:

Since June 4, 2013, to September 1, 2014, 673 people who have experienced chronic and/or vulnerable homelessness obtained permanent housing.

The How’s Nashville campaign has more than doubled the monthly housing placement rate  in Nashville over the past 16 months. The monthly housing placement rate increased from about 19 people per month to 45 people per month.

Thank you, Nashville service providers!