Jump in Sacramento Homeless Deaths Follows Statewide Trend


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Experts say the jump in homelessness statewide appears to be pushing up the death rate as well. A lack of affordable housing is a main contributor to the problem. Photo credit: istockphoto.com

The number of homeless people dying in Sacramento County is up dramatically, according to a new report, reflecting a trend that’s engulfing the state as homelessness continues to rise.

A total of 127 homeless people died in 2017, according to a report by the Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness, which obtained figures from the county coroner’s office. That’s up from 71 deaths in 2016, a 75 percent increase. It’s also almost three times the average number of deaths of homeless people in the county between 2002 and 2013.

Homeless people in Sacramento County are now five times more likely to die than people in the general population, the report stated.  They’re also 23 times more likely to be murdered, and 17 times more likely to commit suicide, figures showed.