Family Collective

The Family Collective is an initiative to prevent and end homelessness. This effort started at United Way of Greater Nashville in 2014. It was expanded to Rutherford County in 2021 through a grant from the Tennessee Department of Human Services. This partnership of UWGN and UWRCC has a mission to help over 3,000 homeless students living in poverty. Families receive at least one core wrap-around service such as counseling, independent living aid, affordable childcare, and more. You can select the service mix that best meets your needs to receive the most benefits possible. 

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

If your agency is not part of the CharityTracker network, please select Make a Referral below.

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).
  • 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).
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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

Referrals are currently closed as of 12/6/2021 due to a full waitlist. This website will remain updated, and referrals will be available as soon as resources become available.

In the meantime, please utilize 2-1-1 if you are in need of assistance. 

Thank you for your patience.

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