TechBridge and our fellow technology nonprofit Community Technology Alliance are partnering together with United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s Family Empowerment Program to prevent and end family homelessness in Nashville.
TechBridge and CTA are enabling 12 nonprofits to share data and coordinate services with each other to move families out of poverty. Nonprofit partners include Catholic Charities, Fannie Battle Day Home, Financial Empowerment Center, Martha O’Bryan Center, McGruder Family Resource Center, McNeilly Center for Children, Mid-Cumberland Human Resources, Preston Taylor Ministries, Safe Haven Family Shelter, Salvation Army, St. Mary Villa, and United Way. To gain an understanding of how TechBridge and CTA are enabling data sharing, please watch the video at www.ctagroup.org
The Family Empowerment program focuses on rapid re-housing for those experiencing homelessness. This work is focused on crisis intervention, housing identification, rent and move-in assistance, and wrap-around case management. To provide prevention/diversion services for families at risk of homelessness, the Family Empowerment Program preserves housing options, prevents evictions by paying off arrearages, rental and utility assistance, mediation to avoid shelter, and small payments like transportation or medical costs to decrease stress and avoid crisis. In the expanded coaching program for those families who have stabilized, the parents pursue higher education and increased wages with the help of an employment navigator, financial counselor, and coach. Children receive after-school care and summer programming and parents receive funding for training, vocational, and educational programs.
As a partner in the Family Empowerment Program (FEP), TechBridge is enabling the Nashville nonprofit ecosystem with:
- Data: Equipping FEP partners with the best-in-class technology, training, and support necessary to collect more meaningful data with better accuracy
- Insight: Aggregating FEP partner data; analyzing causation, trends and efficacy; and sharing insights with Nashville service providers, advocates, and residents
- Resources: Partnering with Nashville’s funding community to allocate goods, services, and funding more efficiently and timely to the programs critical in reducing resident poverty
For more information about this Nashville-based exciting project, please email TechBridge TN Community Leader Samantha Sanchez at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to learn more about TechBridge’s Collective Action work email TechBridge’s Director of Collective Action Karen Cramer at email@example.com.