Local Housing Campaign
The Homelessness Commission launched the How's Nashville campaign in 2013 to foster collaboration in our community to end chronic homelessness. The purpose of this local campaign is to foster collaboration among stakeholders from the nonprofit, business, faith-based, and government sectors. How's Nashville partners strive to improve local systems in regard to the housing placement rate and the retention of housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.
How's Nashville is part of the 100,000 Homes Campaign, a national effort to house 100,000 vulnerable and chronically homeless individuals and families across the nation by July 2014.
Supporters of this local initiative believe that homelessness can be solved if we, as a community:
- Work together;
- Utilize the resources we already have in a more collaborative and outcome-oriented manner;
- Monitor our progress and become more data-driven; and
- Search for more resources using data.
At the end of May 2013, How's Nashville partners organized a Registry Week, which marked the beginning of a housing campaign. How's Nashville was officially launched on June 4 when partner agencies announced a goal to house 200 people in the next 100 days.
During Registry Week, volunteers scanned Nashville neighborhoods and conducted surveys with people sleeping outdoors. The goal of the surveys was to create a Vulnerability Index that lists the most vulnerable people who experience long-term homelessness. The Vulnerability Index is a housing priority list allowing service providers to offer available housing opportunities to medically vulnerable homeless people at risk of dying in the streets.