How’s Nashville is a community-wide, collaborative effort to end chronic homelessness in Nashville. It was launched by the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission in 2013. How’s Nashville is a part of the 100,000 Homes Campaign, a national Housing First initiative. OTN has been a part of the How’s Nashville, leadership team since the campaign’s inception and helped drive a successful campaign to house 200 people in 100 days in the summer of 2013. Since the inception of How’s Nashville, a total of 1,544 people experiencing chronic homelessness including Veterans who who were not chronically homeless have moved into permanent housing (as of 10/1/15). The next phase of How’s Nashville has taken shape as the 2016 by 2016 campaign, which is aligned with the national Zero: 2016 campaign to end veteran and chronic homelessness. We partner with How’s Nashville to create a sustainable system that will end
- Veterans homelessness by housing 595 Veterans by 12/31/2015;
- chronic homelessness by housing 1421 individuals by 12/31/2016; and
- all family and youth homelessness by 12/31/2020.
We are hard at work walking with friends through the sometimes daunting housing process, picking up and delivering donated furniture and other new and gently used house-warming wares and food boxes to get our friends off on the right foot. We keep in touch with friends once they move into housing and make sure they are connected to housing support services. Through dedicated collaboration with other service providers like the Metro Homelessness Commission, Centerstone, Park Center, Mental Health Co-op, MDHA, the Veterans Administration, and many others to coordinate housing and continuing care, OTN helps people forge a strong path ahead, with housing retention rates averaging 75-80% of folks still in housing at the end of the first year (that’s ahead of the national average!). We are grateful for creativity and teamwork everyone brings to the table when it comes to best supporting our friends through this transition.
Want to help?
- You can sponsor a friend’s move-in! It takes about $1000 to move someone into housing –– that covers deposits, utility turn ons, furniture and housewares (some new, some used).
- You can donate a Welcome Home kit: a shower curtain and rings, a trash can, trash bags, basic cleaning supplies, dish soap, laundry detergent, a coffee pot + filters, a can opener, an oven mitt, dish towels, toilet paper, towels, twin or full size bed sheets, plates, bowls, cups, silverware, pots, pans, brooms/vacuums, and cooking utensils
- We need gently used furniture. If you are looking to get rid of dressers, couches, beds, tables and chairs, or TVs in good condition, please fill out this form to arrange for the items to be picked up!
- And of course, we need people who can actually help move our friends into their new homes. Sign up for a day working with our furniture coordinator, Ben, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please help us identify landlords to assist more people. We know that our How’s Nashville housing navigators have the potential to assist at a minimum 20% more people if we could locate enough rental units accepting Section 8 (housing choice) or VASH vouchers.