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. 

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

Families work collaboratively with the service providers to:

  • Connect with resources offered in the program
  • Build social connections
  • Receive mental health services
  • Increase job opportunity and income
  • Receive financial coaching
  • Obtain permanent, stable housing
  • Must be a family household (at least one adult ages 18+ and one child under age 17)
  • Income eligibility of becoming at or below the 185% of the Federal Poverty Line
  • 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.

Referrals are currently closed as of October 2022 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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