Homeless Deaths in San Jose Continue to Increase: Advocates - NBC Bay Area
South Bay

South Bay

The latest news from around the South Bay

Homeless Deaths in San Jose Continue to Increase: Advocates

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Homeless Deaths in San Jose Continue to Increase: Advocates

    The Community Homeless Alliance Ministry and Serve the People San Jose will be hosting a news conference Wednesday protesting what they say is the recent discovery of a record number of homeless deaths in the county -- 158 -- since Dec. 1, 2017.

    The all-time high number increased over the previous record of 135 deaths that was set in the same timeframe between 2016-2017, according to Pastor Scott Wagers of CHAM. Wagers said the recent record is a significant increase over the 1999 count of 33 homeless deaths.

    "I was shocked when I heard it," Wagers said. "I thought it might been have gone down."

    Wagers points to what he considers a huge housing shortage coupled with high rents that have led to what he said is an out-of-control death rate.

    Thousands of SJSU Students Struggling With Homelessness

    [BAY] Thousands of SJSU Students Struggling With Homelessness

    As students at San Jose State gear up for final exams, an estimated 4,300 of them are focused on an even more pressing need: A place to sleep. Marianne Favro reports.

    (Published Monday, Dec. 3, 2018)

    "The rate at which they build housing isn't enough," he said.

    The news conference will be held at 10:30 a.m. on one of the properties that Google recently purchased for its proposed downtown San Jose Google-plex, at 510 W. San Fernando St.

    "If you want to do something, do something for the homeless," said Wagers of the recent sale of the land to the tech giant.

    The number of homeless deaths have been steadily increasing over the years. From 2012 to 2016, Santa Clara county saw a 164 percent increase in the homeless population deaths, according to the county's study from last year.

    The causes of deaths involve accidents, drugs or alcohol intoxication, homicides, exposure and suicides, the study found.

    SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    San Jose Considers Pilot Program to Help Homeless Families

    [BAY] San Jose Considers Pilot Program to Help Homeless Families

    The San Jose City Council is considering whether to approve a pilot program to allow homeless families with young children to park overnight in a community center lot. Marianne Favro reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018)

    NBC Bay Area's Kiki Intarasuwan contributed to this report.

    Get the latest from NBC Bay Area anywhere, anytime
    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android