It can happen to anyone, anytime. Sometimes it’s a result of circumstances beyond our control — job loss, eviction, divorce, domestic violence, mental illness, medical bills. Sometimes it’s a result of one’s own poor choices — most often, substance abuse.
It’s impossible to say exactly how many homeless people there are in Placer County. But in 2017, officials counted 663 homeless people on one day in January. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development the actual number of homeless people is usually two or three times as many as the point in time count indicate.
An astounding 77 percent of Placer County’s homeless ar individual men and women. The number of people experiencing chronic and street-level homelessness is nearly triple the national average and the situation is getting worse.
Individuals experiencing chronic homelessness suffer from long-term and life-threatening physical and mental health conditions. Frequently moving from our overcrowded emergency shelter to encampments or the streets is traumatic. Lack of consistency, routines, privacy, safety, health care, uninterrupted sleep and more make it hard for them to break the cycle of homelessness and flourish and return to a normal life.