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. We have 10 spaces for families with children in our Shelter. Following a housing first model, we begin a housing plan when families enter shelter. Though multiple community grants, we are able to assist approximately 30 families at a time with housing in the community.
Prior to admission into the Shelter Program, each family is screened for appropriate fit with our program criteria, including background checks and drug testing. 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 shelter. Though multiple community grants, we are able to assist approximately 30 families at a time with housing in the community. We currently have transitional living homes, in which these families receive extended case management, therapy and financial stability, while contributing to rent and savings. While in transitional housing, the residents can work on debt reduction, saving more income and completing a structured plan for achieving long-term sustainability. Clients still receive case management services while in transitional housing.
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 remain financially stable.
While success looks different for every family, we strive to have our clients secure employment, develop a savings account, 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.