The Nashville-Davidson County Continuum of Care Homelessness Planning Council serves as an independent body and is empowered to make
decisions and recommendations as the governance board for the Nashville-Davidson County Continuum of Care, as required by 24 C.F.R. Part 578.
The Nashville-Davidson County Continuum of Care Homelessness Planning Council has the following duties and responsibilities:
- To implement a coordinated and focused approach to ending homelessness and to develop measurable objectives;
- 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;
- To hold regular meetings open to the public with published agendas;
- To assure participation of all stakeholders, including persons experiencing homelessness;
- To maintain accurate, current data on homeless populations; and
- To educate the public, service providers, and other interested parties on issues related to homelessness. For information on other homeless initiatives, visit the Homeless Impact Division web page.
The Continuum of Care Program is a construct of the federal government. In practical terms, Continuum of Care includes all stakeholders and interested parties working together to build an effective Housing Crisis Resolution System in Nashville-Davidson County to prevent and end homelessness for all Nashvillians. Some aspects of the work are governed by federal requirements outlined in the federal Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act (HEARTH) of 2009.
The Continuum of Care Homelessness Planning Council receives its authorization to function as the community’s governance board to oversee the implementation of a systems approach to homelessness from the Continuum of Care Governance Charter. The Governance Charter is the main document that outlines the role of the Homelessness Planning Council.
Strategic Community Plan
The Continuum of Care Homelessness Planning Council adopted a three-year Strategic Community Plan on August 14, 2019. The plan outlines four main goals:
- Optimize All Resources: Nashville will expand and manage housing inventory and support services by leveraging government (local, state, and federal) resources as well as private and not-for-profit resources.
- Improve Data Collection and Use: Nashville will create a culture of data-driven housing and service delivery by incorporating quantitative and qualitative data for best evidence-based decisions.
- Enhance and Expand Formal Collaboration: Nashville will cultivate linkages, reduce barriers, and create effective collaborations that exponentially decrease homelessness.
- Develop Commitment through Engagement: Nashville will develop more effective communication plans and tools that are designed for community engagement, empowerment, and adoption of the overall strategic plan and philosophy to end homelessness.
Homelessness Planning Council Member Information