Short, hard lives for homeless people in Santa Clara County

Although Santa Clara County’s homeless population shrank between 2004 and 2018, the county had the most homeless people of any in the Bay Area last year, with 9,706 people lacking a residence, according to the county’s Point-in-Time estimate for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Alameda County reported 8,022 homeless people; San Francisco, 8,011; Contra Costa County, 2,295; and San Mateo County, 1,512.

The Santa Clara County deaths, which often occur unremembered and unmourned, take place in a county where the gap between rich and poor is at an historic high, according to Joint Venture Silicon Valley.

Click here to read the article in San Jose Spotlight.