VI-SPDAT data

A Snapshot of Chronic Homelessness in Nashville

Between February and August of 2014, How’s Nashville partners conducted 716 surveys with individuals who have experienced long-term homelessness. The following data reveals the a snapshot homelessness for individuals in Nashville.

Specifically, the data stems from a common assessment tool (self-reported survey) called VI-SPDAT.

  • 516 or 81% out of 716 surveyed experience chronic homelessness;
  • 88% have compromised mental health;
  • 37% report head trauma or brain injury;
  • 78% have a serious health condition;
  • 69% have substance abuse.

The 516 people who have experienced chronic homelessness accounted for:

  • 917 ambulance rides;
  • 2,196 police interactions;
  • 1,806 emergency room visits.

In addition, of the 516 people, 53% have no health insurance and 49% have tri-morbidity meaning that they are dealing with mental and physical health and substance use issues.

 

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80% Housing Retention

After one year of focusing on Nashville’s chronic homeless population by assisting people who have experienced long-term homelessness move from the streets to permanent housing, our community can boast an annual housing retention rate of 80%.

The numbers break down the following way:

89 of a total of 111 people who moved into permanent housing in June and July 2013 are still in housing (13 of the 89 people are children).

What happened to the remaining people? 6 are unhoused, 3 died, 1 moved away, and 12 could not be reached at the time of the attempted contact (therefore, we do not know whether they are still in housing, whether they moved, or if they have lost their housing).

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Nashville’s Resource Guide

We receive a lot of questions about where people can find particular services.

The Contributor has published a Where to Turn in Nashville guide for people to find help in Middle Tennessee.

The pocket-size booklets are free and can be ordered online, but have to be picked up from The Contributor offices. The second edition is now available online.

You can also visit our partner page to browse the Websites of agencies participating in the How’s Nashville campaign.

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Connect Nashville Pilot Project

How’s Nashville has formed a task force to examine the process people follow through the How’s Nashville system on their way from homelessness to housing.

Connect Nashville is a pilot project with the focus of linking people with case management services as they move into housing. During its first year, the How’s Nashville campaign focused on increasing Nashville’s housing placement rate. Now we are evaluating our processes and systems, measuring our progress, and looking at what kind of support we, as a community, are able to offer people as they are moving into their new homes.

The goal is to streamline our current system of linking people who have worked with a housing navigator through the How’s Nashville system. We are focusing on sustainability. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks.

Thanks to the strong support of all our How’s Nashville partners, our city continues to move forward at a steady pace.

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A big thank you to Gail and her supporters!

The Tennessean and Music City Center hosted a luncheon yesterday in honor of Gail Kerr, the beloved columnist who passed away this March.

Gail had worked on an idea to support the How’s Nashville campaign. She wanted to reach out to the community and challenge her readers to help raise $10,000 to house 10 people who have experienced chronic homelessness. The money raised would go to the How’s Nashville campaign and pay for move-in costs including security deposits, first month’s rent, utility deposits, and some furniture and household goods.

Unfortunately, Gail suddenly passed away before the launch of her campaign. The Tennessean under the leadership of editor Maria De Varenne partnered with Les Kerr and together they launched Gail Kerr’s House the Homeless Fund, a time-limited campaign that implements what Gail had envisioned.

At yesterday’s luncheon, How’s Nashville partners were surprised to learn that a total of $49,635 was raised with Les Kerr writing a check to make it an even $50,000.

Thank you to all the donors who stepped up to honor Gail Kerr’s memory in such a big way. And thank you to all the How’s Nashville supporters – donors, landlords, and partner agencies.

How’s Nashville is becoming what it set out to be – a campaign embraced by our entire community.

We, our partners, prove that when we come together as a community, we can do anything. Let’s continue to house our most vulnerable neighbors – individuals and families who struggle with homelessness.

You can still contribute to Gail’s efforts to house the homeless. If you would like to donate, please follow the instructions on our donations page.

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One year ago…

Today, one year ago, How’s Nashville was born.

Many of you will recall how we gathered in the Downtown Public Library to announce the results of our three-day Registry Week.

We set a goal of housing 200 people in 100 days. In the end, we assisted 189 people with permanent supportive housing. In the process, we learned a lot, strengthened our partnerships, and increased Nashville’s housing placement rate significantly. Our efforts were featured on 60 Minutes (which is planning to re-air the segment on June 15!)

As we are moving along towards our goal of ending chronic homelessness, we are trying new approaches in the hopes to create a sustainable, community-wide effort. As such, we implemented a Coordinated Entry System (CES), which we hope to expand in the coming months.

How’s Nashville is all about bringing our community together to work on a common goal – ending chronic homelessness. It is not an easy path, but together we learn what works and what doesn’t. Our cause was picked up by the late Tennessean Columnist Gail Kerr. If you’d like to support Gail Kerr’s House the Homeless Fund in her honor, you can still make an online contribution to the Community Foundation (the fund will be closing in about a month). Proceeds will benefit the work of the How’s Nashville partners.