takes an unprecedented in-depth look at the cost of homelessness in Santa Clara County—and points to myriad possibilities that can move us towards ending homelessness and save the community money. It is the largest and most comprehensive body of information that has been assembled in the United States to analyze the public costs of homelessness, combining diverse data streams to analyze the population that experienced homelessness in Santa Clara County between 2007 and 2012. It includes demographic and medical attributes, justice system history, health and human services provided, and the cost of services. This data shows the realities of the true cost to public and safety net systems of homelessness in Silicon Valley.
In Santa Clara County, 7,500 people are without a home on any given night. Of those, 2,500 are considered chronically homeless. The solution is this: permanent, sustainable housing for all, and resources built to last for the long term. It’s time to stop managing homelessness, and end it.
We are achieving this by moving forward with a three pronged Community Plan to End Homelessness Community Plan to End Homelessness.
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