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Homelessness Commission's Initiative and Program Goals

The Metropolitan Homelessness Commission's goal is to build a system that ends homelessness in Nashville. Ending homelessness does not mean that no person will ever lose housing again. Rather it means that the Nashville community has a system in place that prevents homelessness whenever possible. For people who lose their housing, our systems approach assists them swiftly to link them with housing and support services rapidly.

As a planning and coordination entity, the Commission focuses on collaborative efforts that support permanent solutions to homelessness. We are mainly working on building a Housing Crisis Resolution System.

While our main focus per Ordinance BL2014-777 remains on ending homelessness, commissioners felt that staff should lead efforts to coordinate among other issues in our community that were identified in commission meetings as gaps such as cold weather sheltering coordination and leading encampment task force in spring of 2016. Consequently, the Homelessness Commission has formed an outreach team for encampments, which is tasked to coordinate among providers from nonprofit, faith-based, and government agencies to link people living in encampments to services and help them remove barriers to housing.

In addition, the Homelessness Commission staff works with Metro departments to improve their coordination around homelessness.

Cold Weather Information

Last year shelter providers and other organizations have come together to create a Cold Weather Community Response Plan. A description of the plan and collaboration is available online at www.coldweathernashville.com. We continue to work on improvements to our community's cold weather responses.

Day Shelters for people who need to get out of the cold

  • Room In The Inn provides a day shelter option from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Nashville Rescue Mission - will be open doors when there is precipitation, or temperatures feel like 37 degrees or colder.
  • Community Care Fellowship, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closing on 2 p.m. on Wednesday)

Night Shelters

  • Nashville Rescue Mission, please call their Cold Patrol at 615-255-2475 (they start after dark, around 5 p.m., and when temperatures are predicted to be 32 degrees or colder overnight)
  • Room In The Inn, night shelter, 5 p.m. For winter shelter referrals, please call 615-251-7019.

Shelters for single women or single women with children, after hours

  • Nashville Rescue Mission's Women's Shelter (Family Life Center) at 615-312-1574.

General information for the organizations mentioned above:

  • Room In The Inn, at 705 Drexel Street, Nashville, TN 37203, 615-251-9791 (also known as the Campus for Human Development or just "the Campus")
  • Nashville Rescue Mission: 615-255-2475
  • Nashville Rescue Mission's Men's Campus: 639 Lafayette Street, Nashville, TN 37203-4226
  • Nashville Rescue Mission's Family Life Center (Women's Campus): 1716 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. Nashville, TN 37208
  • Community Care Fellowship, at 511 S 8th St, Nashville, TN 37206, 615-227-1953

Connecting people with support services

If you need to link people with direct services, we recommend that you connect people with a case manager at Metro Social Services by calling 615-862-6432 during office hours (M-F, 8:30-4:30).

If you have general questions about homelessness or you would like to invite a representative from the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission to address your congregation, your neighborhood association, or any other group, please contact Judith Tackett at 615-880-2360.

Housing

The Homelessness Commission believes in permanent supportive housing, which offers a choice of permanent housing options to the most vulnerable and chronically homeless people in our community and combines the housing with available support services. Well-functioning Housing Crisis Resolution System utilizes all types of high-performing programs to give people options while our community works with them on housing solutions. The How's Nashville campaign, launched by the Homelessness Commission in 2013, focuses on permanent supportive housing.

Our initiatives and programs support solutions to homelessness.