Family Collective

The Family Collective is an initiative of the United Way of Greater Nashville, in partnership with the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties. The Family Collective has expanded to Rutherford County through a grant from the Tennessee Department of Human Services. The initiative was established in 2014 to prevent and end homelessness. Families receive at least one core wrap-around service and select the service mix that best meets their needs.

To enable care coordination across partner agencies, data is shared in a centralized database, CharityTracker. To make a client referral, please visit

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Families work collaboratively with their Family Collective coaches to:

  • Find and maintain permanent, stable housing
  • Build social connections
  • Receive mental health counseling
  • Access financial counseling
  • Connect with quality, affordable childcare
  • Work to increase income, education and job training opportunities
  • Must be a family household*
  • Family Eligibility:

    • An adult (18 years or older) has at least 1 child in the home (17 years or younger).

    o An 18-year-old child qualifies as long as they are still in high school (a child must be under the age of 18 unless the child will complete high school before his/her 19th birthday).

    o An unborn child also qualifies as a child under the age of 18.


    Income Eligibility:

    • At or below 185% of FPL OR

    • Between 185% FPL and 250% FPL, but is eligible due to one or more of the following conditions:

    o Homeless: in shelter, staying in a vehicle, on the street, doubled-up with family or friends, in a motel/hotel, or in a place not meant for human habitation.

    o At-Risk of Homelessness: ten (10) or more days behind on rent/mortgage or utility payments; at risk of eviction/foreclosure; underemployed, or experiencing a job loss; and/or experiencing a housing crisis.


*A family household is defined as at least one adult ages 18+ and at least one child under the age of 17.

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