Results. The total cost associated with homelessness in Nashville from 11 service provider agencies and archival/provider estimates is $16,784,020. This is likely an underestimate, given the omission of many other “hidden” costs that were beyond the scope of this study. The estimated total cost associated with chronic homelessness in Nashville is $10,034,426. That works out to $7,537 per average homeless person in our sample and $10,624 for the average chronichomeless person in the sample. Both of the total cost and per person figures should be treated as lower bounds for the cost of homelessness in Nashville. Different methods were required to calculate the separate costs of each of the following service categories, as detailed in the report.
The annual cost of all hospital services used by 74% of homeless people in Nashville (based on our sample) was estimated at $3,477,431 and for chronically homeless is $2,187,304. That works out to $1,561 per homeless person or $1,875 for each chronically homeless individual.
The cost for the 72% of homeless who use medical clinics (a mean of over 9 times/year) was estimated to be $389 per person and $449 for a chronically homeless person. This totals $866,703 for homelessness and $524,182 for chronic homelessness.