Partnering with United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s Family Empowerment Program to Prevent and End Family Homelessness

Jul 30, 2019
United Way volunteers boxing up donations

TechBridge and fellow technology nonprofit Community Technology Alliance (CTA) are partnering with United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s Family Empowerment Program to prevent and end family homelessness in Nashville.

CTA and we are enabling 12 nonprofits to share data and coordinate services with each other to move families out of poverty. The 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.

The Family Empowerment Program (FEP) 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. Family Empowerment Program preserves housing options and prevents evictions by paying off arrearages, provideres rental and utility assistance, provides mediation to avoid shelter, and makes small payments like transportation or medical costs. In the expanded coaching program for those families who have stabilized, 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 FEP, we are enabling the Nashville nonprofit ecosystem with:

  • Data: Equipping FEP partners with best-in-class technology, training, and support necessary for collecting more meaningful and accurate data
  • 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 in a more timely fashion to programs critical to reducing resident poverty

For more information about this exciting Nashville-based project, please email our Tennessee community leader, Samantha Sanchez. Or learn more about our collective action work by emailing our director of collective action, Karen Cramer.

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