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.