July 22, 2014
A study released today by the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness finds that 2,815 homeless people have died in L.A. County since 2000.
The study was based on coroner's records.
The average age of those found dead was 48.
The report comes as county efforts to institute a wide-ranging homeless shelter program have moved slowly.
Almost half the deaths were caused by cardiovascular disease coupled with substance abuse.
Nearly one in five were killed violently as victims of homicide, suicide or other trauma.
The report notes that while L.A. County is the "homeless capital of the nation," with an estimated 73,000 homeless people, only 17 percent of the county's homeless find shelter.