How’s Nashville is a community-wide, collaborative, and inclusive effort to end chronic homelessness in Nashville. It was launched by the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission in 2013. The How’s Nashville campaign is driven by community partners that meet regularly to work on the initiative’s goals and monitor its progress.
How’s Nashville aligns itself with the national 100,000 Homes Campaign and its successor campaign called Zero: 2016 and is focused on assisting the most vulnerable and chronically homeless individuals and families in our community.
How’s Nashville partners embarked on new journey in February 2015 by launching a new campaign called “2016 by 2016.”
2016 by 2016 is our community’s push to end Veterans homelessness and chronic homelessness in Nashville. Our goal is to assist 2,016 households (individuals or families) who are homeless veterans or experience chronic homelessness by the end of 2016.
More specifically, the How’s Nashville partner’s goal is to assist 595 Veterans by the end of 2015 with permanent housing. In addition, the goal includes to help 1,421 people who experience chronic homelessness access permanent housing by the end of 2016.
The goal is challenging, but the campaign partners felt that we need to work with the realistic numbers that would lead to ending Veterans and chronic homelessness in Nashville.
Our partners agree to work together to examine how we can get individuals and families permanently housed as quickly as possible. We believe that a focus on the most vulnerable individuals and families in our community will save lives while we work together on streamlining our city’s housing placement process.
The How’s Nashville effort through its 2016 by 2016 campaign focuses on:
- Implementing permanent supportive housing (moving people from the streets/shelters directly into permanent housing and linking them with the support services needed to remain stably housed)
- Collecting data (so we, as a community, understand the populations we are serving)
- Tracking our progress (evaluating outcomes allows us to improve our approach)
- Improving our local system (streamlining our systems will benefit all populations)
The Metropolitan Homelessness Commission was created by Metro ordinance in 2005 with the goal to end chronic homelessness. The Commission is a planning and coordinating organization and serves as the backbone organization of the How’s Nashville campaign.
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