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About the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission

The Metropolitan Homelessness Commission is Metro’s planning and coordinating entity that brings advocates, nonprofit organizations, for-profit business leaders, government agencies, and the general public together to collaborate on solutions for homelessness in Nashville. Originally, the Commission was created by Ordinance BL2005-582 to implement the city's Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness.

In June of 2014, the Metro Council approved Ordinance BL2014-777, which establishes the Homelessness Commission as a permanent body of the Metropolitan government. The Homelessness Commission falls under the auspices of the Metro Social Services Board of Commissioners.

The new ordinance outlines the following duties and responsibilities for the Homelessness Commission:

  • To implement a coordinated and focused approach to ending homelessness and to develop measurable goals;
  • To assure participation of all stakeholders including homeless persons;
  • To maintain accurate, current data on homeless populations; and
  • To educate the public, service providers and other interested parties on issues related to homelessness.

Homelessness Commission leaders believe with a focused approach, Nashville will be able to end chronic homelessness within this decade. To that end, the Homelessness Commission launched a community campaign in 2013 called How's Nashville, which is a collaborative effort of community partners. The Metropolitan Homelessness Commission serves as the backbone organization of How's Nashville and provides planning and coordination services.

Meeting Notifications

Executive Committee Meeting: Every third Tuesday of the month, at 1 p.m. in the large conference room, Metro Social Services, 800 Second Avenue North, Suite 100.

The September Executive Committee Meeting has been re-scheduled to Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at 1 p.m.

Full Commission Meeting: On the first Friday, every two months (January, March, May, July, September, November), at 9:30 a.m. in the Sonny West Conference Center, 700 Second Avenue South (Howard Office Building at the Fulton Complex).

Bylaws

The Homelessness Commission's bylaws are posted online for your review.

Commissioners

The Metropolitan Homelessness Commission consists of 22 commissioners, 15 voting members (four of whom are Council representatives) and 7 non-voting, ex-officio members.

Progress Report

A six-month Progress Report was release on July 12, 2013.

For our annual report, please review pages 10-12 of the Metro Social Services' Annual Report of 2012-2013.

Staff Directory

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Connelly, Will
Director
Tackett, Judith
Communications Coordinator