Some of the key findings:
- 73 homeless individuals were identified on the streets of Glendale
- 43 agreed to be surveyed
- 35 of those had risk factors that increased their vulnerability
- 19 of those have health conditions associated with high mortality risk and are at dramatically increased risk of dying if they don’t gain access to housing
- 7 are veterans, comprising 16 percent of homeless individuals surveyed in Glendale.
- 13 of the 43 surveyed were over 55 years of age
- 10 reported being homeless longer than 5 years
- 13 report being the victim of a violent attack since becoming homeless
- average time on the street was 4 years
- those with vulnerable risk factors had been on the street an average of 7 years
At the briefing, Mayor Laura Friedman announced that the city would be devoting 5 units within a low-income housing project that is already in the works specifically for veterans. So between those new units and existing housing resources, the city has the goal of ending veteran homelessness in Glendale within the next year.
The full fact sheet is available as a PDF here. It's interesting reading:
Glendale Registry Week Fact Sheet
More info is also available from PATH Achieve Glendale and Common Ground's 100,000 Homes Project.
Glendale News-Press article on the community briefing. I'm quoted.
Interviewing Tropico's Homeless at 4am
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