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CoC Homelessness Planning Council reaches one-year mark

7/18/2018

The CoC Homelessness Planning Council started its monthly meetings on July 18, 2018. The meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month in the Randee Rogers Training Center, 1419 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.

After one year in place, the Nashville community has already benefitted from restricting its governance on homelessness. Specifically, the community received a significant increase in federal dollars last year with the reward of a $3.5-million, two-year grant in youth funding (YHDP - Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program grant); a nearly 10% increase in our annual allocation of federal Continuum of Care dollars for new Domestic Violence programs and an increase in funding to improve the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS); and the invitation to submit a grant for additional HMIS dollars.

Our community's Point In Time Count, which is a one-night count in January, decreased by 14 percent, which indicates that the service providers' effort on coordination may be paying off.

Currently, the Homelessness Planning Council is focused on creating a Strategic Community Plan to prioritize its work around how to move forward with building an effective Housing Crisis Resolution System that is capable of decreasing homelessness in our community. 

The Homelessness Planning Council was created when the Metro Council adopted BL2018-1199 after community stakeholders agreed to create a unified governance board under HUD's Continuum of Care.

Per ordinance, the Homelessness Planning Council has the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. To implement a coordinated and focused approach to ending homelessness and to develop measurable objectives;
  2. To fulfill all duties and responsibilities as the governance board for the Nashville-Davidson County Continuum of Care, including compliance with 24 C.F.R. Part 578;
  3. To hold regular meetings open to the public with published agendas;
  4. To assure participation of all stakeholders, including persons experiencing homelessness;
  5. To maintain accurate, current data on homeless populations; and
  6. To educate the public, service providers, and other interested parties on issues related to homelessness.