Tuesday, April 19, 2011

How many people die homeless in SF?

Larry Bush at CitiReport suspects San Francisco city leaders don't want to know how many people die in the city each year while they are homeless. Our local homeless death count started around the early '90s, when Josh Brandon used to work with the city coroner's office to reach a count for his Tenderloin Times. Then both Josh and his paper fell apart and the city took over the count. Then the city stopped counting. Sad.

Actually, we should count not only how many people die while homeless, but also how many die while living in "supportive housing" that is supposed to keep them alive. I tried to start a count like that a few years ago, but gave up because a fair and complete count would mean processing an awful lot of paper. I still wish the city government would perform that particular service.

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