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Contra Costa County homelessness jumps nearly 35% since 2019

Original post made on May 23, 2022

There are nearly 35% more homeless people in Contra Costa County than three years ago, according to an annual survey of homelessness, which officials say underscores a severe shortage of affordable housing and impacts of the pandemic.

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Posted by Parent and Voter
a resident of Danville
on May 23, 2022 at 7:13 am

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The percent increase is large but the number increase is 800 for the County over the 3 years of the study. Are there any numbers for earlier years as well as individual years for the three year time frame to put this into perspective?
It is understandable if the increase occurred in the past few years. Covid had an impact, especially for businesses such as restaurants that have direct contact with their customers. A number of the unemployed worked in those areas.
Another major impact is the high inflation occurring more recently that has made housing costs, and many other things less affordable for many. And as always drug and alcohol abuse impact some, not all.
More affordable housing for everyone would be helpful but the root cause of the homeless problem needs to be address for a full solution.

Posted by Jeff Husted
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 11, 2022 at 8:34 am

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There is a lot of undeveloped open space remaining in Contra Costa County where designated homeless encampments could be easily accommodated, ideally close to public transit and basic shopping needs.

It is time to become more humane in Contra Costa County, even if distantly possible.

Posted by Felicity Walters
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 11, 2022 at 1:34 pm

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If America can offer refuge to immigrants from Afghanistan and the Ukraine, it can certainly resolve the homeless problem.

Biden should allocate federal funds and issue grants to counties and cities willing to accommodate the homeless population.

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