Dying While Homeless: The Other Homeless Count
By Joe Colletti | February 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Dying While Homeless: The Other Homeless Count
During the last 10 days of January in the United States, tens of thousands of persons participate in homeless counts across the country tallying the number of persons who are found living on the streets and in shelters. However, an increasing number of us have become more aware of the tally of homeless persons who die while living on the streets because of National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day.
Homelessness is much more than the absence of physical housing; it is a tension-filled, trauma-filled, and treacherous condition that often results in injuries and fatalities. In order to raise more awareness about persons dying on the streets while homeless, Urban Initiatives has begun a project to complete a count of all persons who died in 2017 while homeless for all 58 counties in California.