Street Roots editorial
Last year, 56 people died while experiencing homelessness in
Multnomah County. In 2011, the figure was 47. In addition to these numbers, we
know that even more people on the streets died in local hospitals that were not
counted by the medical examiner.
Why should we care?
On its face, what does the number 56 even mean? In an age
when we are overwhelmed with the number of people dying for any number of
poverty-related issues, it’s hard to give context to what the numbers mean.
What we know: