Currently we are in need of volunteers to help us conduct surveys during our upcoming Registry Week. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up online.
Nashville was represented at a Registry Week Boot Camp organized by the 100,000 Homes Campaign in San Antonio, Texas, in March.
Under the leadership of Metropolitan Homelessness Commission Director, Will Connelly, the following community representatives learned how to organized and implement an effective Registry Week that will identify some of the most vulnerable and chronic homeless persons in our community: Will Connelly, Metropolitan Homelessness Commission; Kirby Davis, First Management Services, Inc.; Ingrid McIntyre, Open Table Nashville; Suzie Tolmie, MHDA; Madge Johnson, The Living Room & Open Table Nashville; Ashley Blum, Park Center; and Judith Tackett, Metropolitan Homelessness Commission.
The Registry Week’s purpose is to create a local Vulnerability Index. While Nashville has completed its first Vulnerability Index in fall of 2008, the community decided that it was time to update it and conduct a new Registry Week at the launch of our renewed effort to end chronic homelessness in our city.
The 100,000 Homes Campaign describes the Vulnerability as follows:
The Vulnerability Index is a tool for identifying and prioritizing the homeless population for housing according to the fragility of their health. It is a practical application of research into the causes of death of homeless individuals conducted by Boston’s Healthcare for the Homeless organization, led by Dr. Jim O’Connell and Dr. Stephen Hwang. The Boston research identified the specific health conditions that cause homeless individuals to be most at risk for dying. For individuals who have been homeless for at least six months, one or more of the following markers place them at heightened risk of mortality:
1. More than three hospitalizations or emergency room visits in a year
2. More than three emergency room visits in the previous three months
3. Aged 60 or older
4. Cirrhosis of the liver
5. End-stage renal disease
6. History of frostbite, immersion foot, or hypothermia
8. Tri-morbidity: co-occurring psychiatric, substance abuse, and chronic medical condition
Click the following link to read the full Vulnerability Index document from the 100,000 Homes Campaign.
Homelessness is lethal. The longer vulnerable persons remain on the street, the higher their risk of death. Nashville’s Campaign wants to prioritize housing need utilizing the Vulnerability Index.
The next step, after Registry Week, is to line up housing supplies and streamline the process of assisting people move into housing and remain housed.