At the end of each year, we invite homeless advocates, city officials, and unhoused friends to join us Downtown to remember and honor our friends from the homeless community who have died.
The 2021 Annual Homeless Memorial will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 18 at Riverfront Park by the Tara Cole Memorial bench on 1st Ave. and Broadway.
We are also planning to live-stream this memorial on this Facebook event page. We will read the names of people who have died this year, as well as share poetry, prayer and remarks. At the closing of the ceremony there will be a processional to the courthouse where we will place flags containing the names of all those who have died this year. All are invited to join. Please help us invite all members of the community.
In 2020, we recorded 131 deaths in the homeless community, the largest number we’ve ever recorded. You can read more about those who died here.
Composing the list of people experiencing homelessness who have died has always been a collaborative effort among different service providers in Nashville. The Nashville Homeless Mortality Surveillance is an online form where you can submit information about any individuals you know who were experiencing homelessness when they died or who had a known history of homelessness and died in Nashville.