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<b>BETTER NEWS:</b>  Doctors David Lennon (left) and Takashi Wada brief the supervisors on homeless death data.

Paul Wellman

BETTER NEWS: Doctors David Lennon (left) and Takashi Wada brief the supervisors on homeless death data.


Homeless Deaths Decrease Countywide

Officials Cite 25 Percent Decline From 2009 to 2011


Thursday, May 9, 2013
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Crediting progress made with multi-agency collaboration and programs to keep people off the street, County Public Health officials said Tuesday there had been a 25 percent decrease in deaths of homeless people from 2009 to 2011. Giving the third report to the Board of Supervisors since the Homeless Death Review Team was formed in 2009, Dr. David Lennon said 2009 saw 40 homeless people throughout the county die, while 2011’s number decreased to 30. There were 39 homeless deaths in 2010.

Of the 30 who died in 2011, 22 were males, five were veterans, and 27 were Caucasian. The average age of death was 53. Over the three years, 39 percent have died from natural causes, while 27 percent did not list the manner of death. The cause of death in 41.5 percent of cases was drug or alcohol related, while 28.5 percent were cardiovascular related. More than 70 percent of the decedents suffered from alcohol disease, and 90 percent of those who had mental-health conditions also used drugs or alcohol, Lennon said.

Access to housing, he continued, is “paramount to promoting health and preventing deaths.” To that end, Lennon said, 190 previously homeless people are now in housing through mulit-agency programs focused on the homeless population. Also helping are programs like the homeless warming centers that pop up around the county whenever inclement or cold weather strikes, getting the homeless out of the wet and cold, even if temporarily. Enhanced coordination and multiple outreaches have helped better understand the homeless population and identified those at highest risk.

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Oh my goodness, how is the "homeless industry" going to spin this tidbit of good news?
"Of the 30 who died in 2011, 22 were males, five were veterans, and 27 were Caucasian. " We have a war on white's and males don't we with this epidemic of Caucasian bum deaths? It's time to perform special outreach to see why white's are dying at a 90% rate when compared to everyone else and males are dying at a nearly 75% rate.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
May 9, 2013 at 6:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

italiansurg, it's because Whites are expendable compared to everyone else and hold no human worth.

dou4now (anonymous profile)
May 9, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Are we spending $23 million a year preventing deaths in any other sub-population group?

foofighter (anonymous profile)
May 14, 2013 at 3:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes, and sometimes even more. Next.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 14, 2013 at 3:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Are we in this city through public spending or private donations spending $23 million dollars a year to prevent deaths in any other narrow sub-population group, such as this one featured? Please be specific, if you respond. Thank you.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
May 14, 2013 at 6:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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