A new report says that nearly half of the homeless deaths in Santa Barbara County over a two year period were related to alcohol, and drug abuse.
The County’s Homeless Death Review Team report is being presented to Santa Barbara County Supervisors today.
The report says that there were 79 homeless deaths in the county during 2009, and 2010.
46% were tied to alcohol and/or drug abuse, and 27% per connected to cardiovascular disease, with the rest due to varying causes.
Of those who died, 86% were men, with the average age of those who died 52.
And, most of those who died on the streets, some 80%, were Caucasian males.
The report says that a countywide initiative to try to identify the homeless most at risk of death, and to get them off the streets into housing, and into assistance programs has so far helped 25 people.