Family Empowerment Program

Helping eliminate homelessness

Operated in partnership with the Siemer Institute, the Family Empowerment Program helps homeless students and their families and those at-risk for homelessness find and secure stable housing.

This evidence-based two-generational case management model is serving students and their families and has been proven successful in multiple other states. The program supports a housing specialist who works to identify city landlords who are willing to accept housing vouchers from their tenants. Program families who are unable to pay a security deposit and first/last month’s rent are eligible for rent assistance. Having this large sum of money available is often a major barrier for working families looking for stable housing.

The program has served more than 176 working families since it began in July 2014. More than 35 families have already completed the program and 114 have moved into stable housing. The program also offers continuous support for families for up to 24 months to address additional needs. It utilizes United Way community partners and Family Resource Centers to locate case managers throughout the city. The program also provides free one-on-one financial counseling through the Nashville Financial Empowerment Center, a United Way partnership with the office of Mayor Megan Barry to help participating families become financially stable.

Success Stories

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