Nashville, TN

City of Nashville's Mobile Housing Navigation Centers to address homelessness issue

Lenny Schumacher

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NASHVILLE, TN — The City of Nashville announced that they would implement a new solution to tackle the homelessness crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city will be using two new mobile housing navigation sites in which they can serve more than forty people at a time. This will promote the city's efforts to provide consistent public safety and cleanup efforts in Nashville.

"Community challenges require community solutions," Mayor John Cooper said. "As we address this national challenge here in Nashville, we're using evidence-based approaches to support neighbors, create long-term housing solutions and restore green spaces to their intended public use."

Mayor Cooper allocated $850,000 for the model of Mobile Housing Navigation Centers as the investment approved by the Metro Council.

The Mobile Housing Navigation Centers is a proven model in which will be first located in some traveling sites which operate in local churches and other reliable community spots, to be specified in West Nashville and Madison.

The city aims to prioritize locations where the urgency of health and safety concerns are high, but the supporting services are currently low.

More than twenty people in each location will receive comprehensive stabilization and supporting services. Nashville is projected to serve about two hundred and fifty people for the next two years as three Mobile Housing Navigation Centers are operating at the same time.

The city has assisted 452 people to move into stable housing through the Rapid Rehousing program since October 2020. Over 200 families are currently on the program's waiting list.

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