Open Table Nashville and How’s Nashville featured as CBS 60 Minutes examines the 100,000 Homes campaign. While it’s true that a “housing first” approach saves a lot of money, it also is the most compassionate and just thing to do. If you watch this, remember 60 Minutes focuses here on the chronic homeless, but homelessness defies categorization. 14586 school children are homeless in Tennessee alone. Many homeless are veterans. Many women or teens fleeing abusive situations become homeless. 37% of the rural homeless are between 18 and 24. Others have lost their jobs and are overwhelmed by bills without family or friends to help. And while many of the chronic homeless do abuse alcohol, they often don’t start that way, but if they start, they often turn to it when mired in a seemingly hopeless situation. Housing first can help get people of all walks of life out of hopeless situations before things get worse and the costs, both human and financial, add up–if we support it.
Archive for month: February, 2014
Family Promise of Blount County raised $46,946 for housing at their “Heart for the Homeless” banquet last week. They invited former University of Tennessee football player Inky Johnson, whose NFL career was sidelined by an injury, to speak to the crowd of about 400:
“Life hits all of us. If you haven’t got hit yet, oh, it’s coming. You better believe it’s coming, but the great thing about this thing we call life is that it’s not how hard you are hit, it is about how you respond to it.”
Family Promise of Blount County will use the funds to expand transitional housing. Full story is here.