Recently, a study found that a homeless person in Sacramento dies every three days. According to the Sacramento County Coroner’s office, there was 150% increase of homeless deaths from 2016 to 2017. A major factor in this is the increase in the homeless population in Sacramento County which has increased by at least 1,000 people in the past two years. Although there are various homeless shelters around Sacramento, due to the increasing number of people on the streets, it’s become incredibly difficult to house all of them.
“They are too many people who are suffering on the streets with severe health issues from diabetes, high blood pressure to alcoholism. It is very difficult for someone who is homeless to receive and maintain the necessary follow– up with a doctor and to get regular medications needed,” said Sister Libby Fernandez, former Executive Director of Loaves and Fishes and founder of Mercy Peddlers. “Also, they are no immediate shelters or respite care when you are sick. That is what our community needs to help with immediately! Many people die from health issues, being exposed to the hot or severe cold weather, and of course, violence—a homeless person is so vulnerable.”
The issues surrounding homelessness are many, but one thing is for certain- the lack of a solution is fatal problem which we can’t ignore.