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 Built for Zero campaign, a national effort by an organization called Community Solutions that assists local leaders who work on ending homelessness. By aligning ourselves with national efforts like these, we were able to build a collaborative movement with more than 30 community partners. Our partners increased the average monthly housing placement rate for people experiencing chronic homelessness from 19 people/month in early 2013 to 54 people/month by the end of 2016.
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.