Santa Clara County’s Homeless Deaths Increase 164%
The report, however, also finds that the average age of the homeless people who died rose to 62 in 2016, well above other areas. Meanwhile, two fires in the San Diego area are classified as hoarding situations.
The Mercury News:
Santa Clara County Report Shows Surge In Homeless Deaths
The number of homeless deaths in Santa Clara County increased 164 percent from 2011 to 2016 — with a sharp spike in the last year — some of which can be attributed to an increasingly aging population, according to a new report. ...While the full report is expected to be available in coming days, the summary released Wednesday showed that the average age of the deceased homeless has been over 50 through the years, and jumped to 62 in 2016. (Kurhi, 8/16)
KPBS Public Media:
Recent House Fires Focus Attention On Hoarding Disorder
Two house fires in the last month were declared by fire officials as hoarding situations. ... Clinical psychologist Michelle Carcel said the three characteristics in the profile of person who is a hoarder are the acquisition of items, a difficulty getting rid of or discarding items and inability to organize items. (Ruth and Cavanaugh, 8/16)