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June Housing Placements

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.

Mayor weather briefing

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.



October housing placements

735 People Housed

We just posted our newest housing placement report.

Since June 2014 through October 1, Nashville, as a community, has assisted 735 people who have experienced chronic and/or vulnerable homelessness with permanent housing.

Let’s be clear, this is a community-wide housing number that includes people who obtained housing with assistance from How’s Nashville campaign and people who did not receive specific assistance through the campaign. However, we are proud to say that most of the agencies who report their numbers to us are active partners in the How’s Nashville campaign.

What’s more, since the launch of the How’s Nashville campaign in June 2014, Nashville’s housing placement rate for people who have experienced chronic homelessness has more than doubled. Prior to How’s Nashville our community’s monthly housing placement rate was 19 people per month. Now it averages 46 people per month.

Review our October housing placement report.


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!



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 karri.simpson@nashville.gov or judith.tackett@nashville.gov.


The Role of the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission


As you may already know, approximately 70 Nashville leaders representing a wide spectrum of organizations and sectors came together at the Downtown Partnership in February to learn and be part of the city’s new campaign to house our most vulnerable and chronic homeless neighbors. Our goal, as a community, is to end chronic homelessness within this decade.

The Metropolitan Homelessness Commission, under the leadership of its director, Will Connelly, has made the commitment to lead the charge of this new campaign.

Connelly describes the role of the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission as follows:

“The goal of the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission is to increase access to permanent supportive housing for people experiencing long-term homelessness in Davidson County.”

The Metropolitan Homelessness Commission is NOT a direct service provider, he explained.

“We are a planning and coordination body,” Connelly said. “We are trying to bring innovations and new strategies to the community and bring folks together.”

Connelly said the Homelessness Commission will serve as the backbone of the community campaign by staffing the campaign and ensuring consistent communication among partners. He views the Commission’s planning and coordination role as “fostering collaboration among stakeholders to improve our local system by increasing the housing placement rate and helping people stay in housing.”

Click on the following link to view Will Connelly’s description of the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission.