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How's Nashville shows high housing retention


How’s Nashville, a community campaign to end chronic homelessness in Nashville, doubled the housing placement rate of chronically homeless people who moved into permanent housing in Nashville.

More than 850 people moved into housing from June 2013 through December 2014. When the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission examined the housing retention for the 349 people who moved into permanent housing between June and December of 2013, it found that one year later 77% are still housed.

Will Connelly, director of the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission, said he was excited and grateful for the tremendous collaboration among provider agencies.

“We are thrilled to see this local movement spreading across the city,” Connelly said. “We would not have reached our outcomes without the initiative of private landlords who stepped up to the plate and set aside select units at reduced rents.”

The 77% housing retention rate is credited to linking people with case management support. Studies have shown that without the case management support, the annual housing retention rate for people who have experienced chronic homelessness is about 25%.  

How's Nashville campaign partners are currently working on improving coordination amongst service providers to connect people to case management and the support services they need and utilize our local resources efficiently.