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How's Nashville aims to end chronic homelessness


In June 2013, the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission launched a new local campaign with the goal to end chronic homelessness in Nashville.

The campaign is called How's Nashville and aligns itself with the 100,000 Homes Campaign, a national campaign to house 100,000 chronically homeless individuals by July 2014. Nashville is one of more than 200 communities to support this effort.

In June 2014, the 100,000 Homes Campaign announced the success of its campaign. Yet, local campaigns like How's Nashville continue to move ahead with ending chronic homelessness.

To learn about the beginnings of the How's Nashville campaign, watch this 60 Minutes feature with Anderson Cooper.

The purpose of the How's Nashville campaign is to foster collaboration among stakeholders from the nonprofit, business, faith-based, private, and government sectors to improve the local system in regard to the housing placement rate and retention of housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.

"Homelessness is a public health issue. It is lethal," Will Connelly, director of the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission, said. "Last year, 37 people were remembered at the annual Homeless Memorial. The local campaign team wants to reduce street deaths in our community by implementing permanent solutions to homelessness."

How's Nashville partners 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.

 The Metropolitan Homelessness Commission provides planning and coordination for the campaign and serves as its backbone organization.

How's Nashville Partner organizations include Open Table Nashville, Park Center, the Metropolitan Housing and Development Agency (MDHA), the Department of Veteran Affairs, the Mental Health Cooperative, Metro Social Services, Centerstone, United Neighborhood Health Services, Urban Housing Solutions, Nashville Cares, Safe Haven Family Shelter, Room In The Inn, the Nashville Rescue Mission, the YW, Oasis Center, the Salvation Army, the Southern Alliance for People and Animal Welfare, Street Works, Operation Stand Down, and more. Additional organizations are still joining this local movement.