California IN BRIEF : SAN FRANCISCO : Homeless Deaths in One Year Put at 109
From a 69-year-old man to the 1-month-old son of a teen-age crack addict, 109 homeless people died on the streets of San Francisco last year, according to an annual count by the Tenderloin Times newspaper. Dr. Daniel Wlodarczyk of the city health department said the newspaper’s findings roughly match his own tally, which is expected to reach 100 by the end of the year. The actual number of homeless deaths is probably greater, he said. The list includes 50 who died outdoors, 10 who died in the vehicle where they lived, four who died in abandoned buildings and one who died in jail. Ten committed suicide, 12 were murdered and eight died from traumatic injuries. The newspaper has compiled its count in each of the past seven years.