Homeless Deaths On the Rise in Orange County

Last year was a particularly deadly month for Orange County’s homeless population and now county officials are struggling to understand why.

According to the latest data from the Orange County Coroner’s Office, 181 homeless individuals died between 2013 and 2015. And that increase—a 53% jump—does not even include the scores of unidentified John and Jane Does who died.

The leading causes of death were natural causes and accidents, which include traffic fatalities and unintentional drug overdoses. At least 41 homeless individuals also committed suicide over the past two years.

The problem of homelessness has reached critical levels, according to Orange County officials. Last month, Supervisor Andrew Do called for the appointment of a new czar to oversee all matters related to homelessness in the county.

Read more about the rise in homeless deaths here.

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