- From 2000 to 2007, there were 2,815 reported deaths of homeless individuals in LA County.
- On average, a person who is homeless has a 36% shorter life expectancy than someone who is not homeless.
- The most common cause of death among homeless individuals was a cardiovascular event, accounting for almost a quarter of all homeless deaths, followed by unknown cause, and intoxication by substance abuse, comprising 23% and 22% of deaths, respectively.
- The majority of homeless deaths were men (85%). Women comprised 15% of deaths.
- Whites made up the majority of deaths among the homeless- 41% of deaths, followed by Hispanics (31%) and African-Americans (28%).
Monday, January 28, 2008
Solitary, Poor, Nasty, Brutish, and Short
From the CCRS and the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness: