Homeless No More
In May 2019, the Franklin Housing Authority assumed a $746,931 HUD Homeless Assistance grant through the Central Tennessee Continuum of Care (CoC0, a 19-county coalition of nonprofit providers, and State and local governments committed to the goal of ending homelessness. Through this transitional housing grant, FHA has established the Homeless No More (HNM) program, providing direct assistance through rental assistance and supportive services to members of the community experiencing homelessness in 19 rural middle Tennessee counties.
To jump start the program, FHA hired three case managers based in Franklin and Clarksville and opened a satellite office in Clarksville. The case managers provide support to program participants through weekly and monthly counseling to establish individual Housing Stability Plans and help identify potential housing. Rent and move-in assistance is provided to help participants transition from homelessness to permanent housing. In addition to financial support, case managers refer participants to essential services through partnerships with area agencies. These services include employment search assistance, job training, career planning, legal services, substance abuse treatment and recovery support, and life skills training.
In 2020, FHA was awarded a $784,695 joint transitional housing-rapid rehousing (TH-RRH) grant to continue funding the HNM program. The HNM program has housed almost 100 families and individuals experiencing homelessness, exceeding grant requirements and helping those families on the path to permanent housing.
During the COVID-19 global pandemic, the HNM program has adapted to ensure staff and client safety, while continuing to serve the most vulnerable populations in middle Tennessee. In January 2021, HUD announced that all CoC grants would be renewed at the previous year's levels without a competitive grant process due to the limitations of the pandemic. Therefore, FHA will receive a $784,695 TH-RRH grant to fund another year of the program.
The ripple effects of the pandemic have been evident through increased demand for assistance due to job loss and illness. FHA has applied for an additional $800,000 in funding through the 2020 Emergency Solutions Grants Program Cares Act - Part II (ESG CV2) funding. This round of federal funding is administered by the Tennessee Housing and Development Agency (THDA) and allocated through the Central TN CoC. Like the TH-RRH, the ESG-CV2 grant will allow FHA to provide rental assistance and case management services to clients. We have additionally requested that a portion of the funds be used for emergency shelter with hotel/motel vouchers.