Monthly Archives: February 2015

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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%.

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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.




900 People Housed

Since the launch of How’s Nashville in June 4, 2013, and the end of December, 2014, we have assisted 900 people who had experienced chronic homelessness and/or were vulnerable with permanent supportive housing.

Please view our latest Housing Placement Report.

The following data describes our campaign partners’ achievements during 2014:

546 people obtained permanent housing from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.

64% meet the “chronic only” definition.

5% meet the “vulnerable only” definition.

31% meet the “chronic and vulnerable” definition.


172 people received financial assistance since July 1

How’s Nashville has assisted 172 people with move-in costs between July 1, 2014 and January 31, 2015. Most of these folks have received funding that was raised through the Gail Kerr’s House the Homeless Fund.

Recently, The Tennessean‘s Jessica Bliss wrote a nice column letting their readers know how many people benefited from their generous donations, which raised over $50,000 for move-in costs through the How’s Nashville campaign.

Ms. Bliss featured one of the beneficiaries, Ed Clark. He is a local songwriter who has been able to move into permanent supportive housing last year with a little help from the How’s Nashville partnership. Thank you to all our partners for your dedication to ending chronic homelessness.


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Ending Veterans Homelessness

Nashville has set a goal to end veterans homelessness by the end of 2015 as part of the local Zero: 2016 effort. But what does that really mean?

In a recent blog entry, Matthew Doherty, interim director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), wrote, “Ending homelessness does not mean that no one will ever experience a housing crisis again—this is true for Veterans and for all populations. Ending homelessness is about two things: 1) bringing the number of people experiencing homelessness down now by connecting them to permanent housing and 2) ensuring homelessness in the future is prevented whenever possible or is otherwise a rare, brief, and non-recurring experience.”

The USICH together with its national partners developed criteria about how local communities can end veterans homelessness.