At the end of December, we invite homeless advocates, city officials, and unhoused friends to join us at the Tara Cole Memorial Bench at Riverfront Park to remember and honor our friends from the homeless community who have died.
At this service, we read the names of people who have died, as well as share poetry, prayer and remarks. 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 expereincing 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.