Our housing first model, coupled with wrap-around services is designed to give families the necessary tools to achieve lasting self-sufficiency, stable employment and secured housing. All of our housing programs begin in shelter. Our goal is to house families as quickly as possible. We partner with landlords in the community to secure housing for families.








Shelter Program:

Prior to admission into the Shelter Program, each family is screened for appropriate fit with our program criteria, including background checks and drug testing. Our shelter has space for 10 families with children. Program requirements include:

  • single parent or two parent families with children (high school age or younger)
  • parent(s) must be working (or willing to work) full time
  • families must be drug and alcohol free
  • no recent felonies; no criminal record of violence or sexual abuse
  • willing to engage with services
  • parents must agree to other program rules


Shelter to Housing:

Following a housing first model,  we begin a housing plan when families enter the shelter.

The Safe Haven Family Shelter develops community relationships with landlords willing to provide affordable housing for our families so that when they leave our programs they will have a permanent opportunity to be housed.

While success looks different for every family, we strive to have our clients secure employment and gain housing. Through education, training, and case management, families are prepared to return to a home of their own with long-term economic and social success. We strive to meet an 85% success rate which is defined by families moving from shelter to permanent housing.

Safe Haven Family Shelter is now only taking referrals through Nashville’s Coordinated Entry at Metro Social Services. If you are a family in need of housing assistance, please call 862-6444 to be connected with services.