In March 2016, 17 agencies and organizations formed a steering committee to create Nashville’s first action plan to address youth and young adult (YYA) homelessness for 18-24 year olds. The goal of the plan was to establish a shared vision for a long-term solution for Nashville, while also developing several near-terms objectives that can be put into action within the next 12-18 months. The Key Action Plan will NOT be an all-encompassing strategic plan, but rather a starting point framework from which to build on as we learn from our initial solutions.


Between February 15, 2015 and February 15, 2016, 929 youth and young adults ages 18-24 accessed services at shelter locations provided by Launch Pad, The Nashville Rescue Mission (men’s and women’s shelters), Oasis Center and Room in the Inn. Since Nashville does not have a year-round dedicated YYA shelter and adult shelters are not intended to meet the needs of this population, we believe the actual number of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness to be much higher.

In April 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released a study[1] of YYA experiencing homelessness that showed:


Crossroads Campus
Department of Children Services
Family Life Center (Women’s Mission) 
Juvenile Court
Lipscomb University
Mayor’s Office
Metropolitan Development & Housing Agency
Metro Homelessness Commission
Metro Police Department
Metro Social Services
Metro Nashville Public Schools
Monroe Harding
Nashville Rescue Mission 
Neighborhood Health 
Oasis Center
Park Center
Room In The Inn
Safe Haven Family Shelter 
True Colors Fund
United Way
Urban Housing Solutions 
Youth Representatives


End Slavery Tennessee
Metro Public Libraries 
Mid-Cumberland Resource Agency 
Mental Health Co-Op
Woodbine Community Organization 
Youth Villages