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Homelessness Commission's Initiative and Program Goals

The Metropolitan Homelessness Commission's goal is to end chronic homelessness in Nashville within this decade. As a planning and coordination entity, the Commission focuses on collaborative efforts that support permanent solutions to homelessness.

Encampment Envisioning Meeting

The Metropolitan Homelessness Commission upon the request from the public held an envisioning meeting on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, to seek input on current discussions around homeless encampments.

The meeting minutes, a PowerPoint of other city's approaches to encampments and the envisioning document resulting from the meeting are posted online.

We accept comments on the envisioning document until Thursday, October 8, at noon. People who would like to comment, please send an email to

Cold Weather Information

Last year shelter providers and other organizations have come together to create a Cold Weather Community Response Plan. A description of the plan and collaboration is available online at We continue to work on improvements to our community's cold weather responses.

Day Shelters for people who need to get out of the cold

Room In The Inn provides a day shelter option from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Nashville Rescue Mission - will be open doors when there is precipitation, or temperatures feel like 37 degrees or colder.
Community Care Fellowship, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closing on 2 p.m. on Wednesday)

Night Shelters

Nashville Rescue Mission, please call their Cold Patrol at (615) 255-2475 (they start after dark, around 5 p.m., and when temperatures are predicted to be 32 degrees or colder overnight)
Room In The Inn, night shelter, 5 p.m. For winter shelter referrals, please call (615) 251-7019.

Shelters for single women or single women with children, after hours

Nashville Rescue Mission's Women's Shelter (Family Life Center) at (615) 312-1574.

General information for the organizations mentioned above

Room In The Inn, at 705 Drexel Street, Nashville, TN 37203, (615) 251-9791 (also known as the Campus for Human Development or just "the Campus")
Nashville Rescue Mission: (615) 255-2475
Nashville Rescue Mission's Men's Campus: 639 Lafayette Street, Nashville, TN 37203-4226
Nashville Rescue Mission's Family Life Center (Women's Campus): 1716 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. Nashville, TN 37208
Community Care Fellowship, at 511 S 8th St, Nashville, TN 37206, (615) 227-1953

Connecting people with support services

If you need to link people with direct services, we recommend that you connect people with a case manager at Metro Social Services by calling (615) 862-6432 during office hours (M-F, 8:30-4:30).

If you have general questions about homelessness or you would like to invite a representative from the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission to address your congregation, your neighborhood association, or any other group, please contact Judith Tackett at (615) 880-2360.


The Homelessness Commission believes in permanent supportive housing, which offers a choice of permanent housing options to the most vulnerable and chronically homeless people in our community and combines the housing with available support services. The How's Nashville campaign, launched by the Homelessness Commission in 2013, focuses on permanent supportive housing as described by the national 100,000 Homes Campaign.

Our initiatives and programs support solutions to homelessness.

Please read our six-month progress report, which was released on July 12, 2013.

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