Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Riverside County's homeless numbers up dramatically, new tally shows

Riverside County's homeless numbers up dramatically, new tally shows L.A. NOW Los Angeles Times

The number of people in Riverside County who are homeless on any given day has increased an estimated 84% in the last two years, officials said Monday.

A countywide tally Jan. 24 found 6,203 people living in emergency shelters, transitional housing or places not fit for human habitation, such as sidewalks, cars and abandoned buildings. The last count in 2009 put the figure at 3,366.

The increase in the county’s chronically homeless population was even more significant: from 969 people in 2009 to 2,515 in 2011, a 160% jump. The county defines chronically homeless as people with a disabling condition who have been without a roof over their heads for a year or longer, or who have experienced at least four episodes of homelessness in the last three years.

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