Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week
“The United States is the richest nation in the world, but 42 million Americans are at risk of suffering from hunger and more than 500,000 Americans are homeless on a typical night.”
This week is Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. The goal of this week is to shine a spotlight on the problems of hunger & homelessness in our communities.
The MHC Outreach team works with local community organizations such as the Nashville Rescue Missions, Room in the Inn, The Salvation Army, Community Care Fellowship, The Little Pantry that Could and many others to engage consumers and help connect them with mental health services. They actively perform encampment and street outreach, even during COVID-19, to reach out to those who are homeless and diagnosed with a mental illness and connect them to care management and clinic services. They also provide housing resources and support while connecting consumers to local agencies for needs such as physical health, food, and shelter options.
“We are the boots on the ground connection between the community and MHC. For those who experience homelessness in the greater Nashville area needing a connection to mental health services, we’re here for you.”
Pictured (from the top left): Nathan Scarlett – Adult Outreach, Mallori Richardson – Adult Outreach, (from the bottom left): Megan Vickers – Child & Youth Outreach, and Christian Michael – Adult Outreach.
You can reach the MHC Outreach Line at 615-744-7560
The Homeless Services (PATH) Care Management team provides comprehensive care management to consumers experiencing homelessness who are diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness. Their mission is to serve our consumers, regardless of their living situations, to help them work towards better mental health, physical health, and stable housing. We provide monthly support for their mental health and physical health and connect them to available resources for housing in the area. We work collaboratively with other homeless organizations within Nashville to help give consumers the best housing options and assistance they can access.
“We wish to walk with those experiencing homelessness on their path and help them in whatever way we can, no matter where there are.”
The PATH CM team meets virtually every morning to review the needs of their consumers, both mentally and physically, and create plans for their care. During these meetings, Care Managers take turns discussing any barriers there may be to appointment attendance or medication management and reviewing any resources within the community for housing.
We also invite you to visit www.HHweek.org to learn more about ways to fight hunger & homelessness in your community!