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Mayor Liccardo, We Need More Police

posted Jul 24, 2016, 9:30 PM by Jonathan Fleming   [ updated Apr 14, 2017, 12:13 AM ]

San Jose is on track for its highest total of homicides in a single year since 1991.  It is no coincidence that we only have around 800 police officers protecting our streets when other big cities in the country have nearly 2,000 officers per 1,000,000 residents. 

Charities Housing Unable to Fund Persistently Homeless - William Barmettler

posted Jul 15, 2016, 12:04 AM by Stop2500Senter Stop Illegal Homeless Segregation


This Document is my Summary of the 49 Page 2015 Report.

This report has been prepared by the Economic Roundtable, which assumes all responsibility for its contents. Data, interpretations and conclusions contained in this report are not necessarily those of any other organization that supported or assisted this project.
This report can be downloaded from the Economic Roundtable web site:

Daniel Flaming, Halil Toros and Patrick Burns
Economic Roundtable
Knowledge for the Greater Good
Underwritten by Destination: Home and the County of Santa Clara

Homelessness is marked by the absence of connections that are crucial for well-being, including connections to shelter, family, and health. These deficits are more severe and indelible among individuals experiencing persistent homelessness, for whom homelessness has become a way of life. The acute deprivation, desperation, and chaos inherent in their lives also destabilizes their communities. Individuals experiencing persistent homelessness, who have recurring health and justice system crises that bring them into hospitals and jails at high public cost, are the focus of this study.

The term persistent homelessness is used in place of chronic homelessness in this report because the study population includes individuals who were temporarily housed by friends and relatives, also described as 'couch surfing.' These individuals did not have a place of their own to live in but were able to avoid staying in a place not meant for human habitation. Persistently homeless individuals are those who were flagged in agency records as homeless for twelve or more months continuously or who had four or more stints of homelessness in a three-year interval.

This report analyzes comprehensive cross-sector information about the entire population of residents who experienced homelessness in Santa Clara County at any point during a six­ year period - a total of 104,206 individuals.

The Santa Clara County community spent $520 million a year providing services for homeless residents over the six years covered by this study.

Homeless costs are heavily skewed toward a comparatively small number of frequent users of public and medical services. For example, for all county residents experiencing homelessness in 2012, the average annual cost per person was $5,148. However, individuals with costs in the top 5% accounted for 47 percent of all costs and had average costs of over $100,000 per year.

The highest cumulative public costs across all services are associated with individuals experiencing persistent homelessness. The share of persistently homeless residents in the combined ninth and tenth cost deciles is twice as large as the share of short-term homeless residents.

In a given yea r, there are approximately 2,800 persistently homeless residents of the county with average public costs of $83,000 per year.

From 2007 through 2012, 13 percent of the total county population of 104,206 people who experienced homelessness were persistently homeless during part or all of the six-years.

Those with ongoing high costs are likely to have the greatest cost savings or cost avoidance when they are stabilized with permanently affordable housing and supportive services.

Conclusions and Recommendations
There are 2,800 people in the County who experience persistent homelessness and are the most frequent users of public services. For this group, the average annual public cost is $83,000, which significantly exceeds the cost of permanent supportive housing.

These vulnerable and acutely distressed individuals should be given priority access to housing that is permanently affordable to them with ongoing supportive services.

My Comments:

Figure 3.2, on Page 14 of this report shows an annual cost of $102,983 per person in the top 5 °/o cost group.

(See Attached Page #14 from Home Not Found Report)

This cost is shown to be the accumulated average cost for 16 different agencies. Including Custody Mental Health, Custody Medical Drug and Alcohol Rehab, Emergency Med. Transport, Private Hospital Inpatient & ER, Mental Health Inpa tient, Mental Health Outpatient, etc.

I have not heard of any supportive services that would be adequate to meet the care needs of the persistently homeless at the planned Senter Road facility.

This would suggest that the 2500 Senter Road homeless facility would need many more expensive on-site services and a very-ready and costly transportation service. Or the facility must be dedicated to the least expensive members of the homeless community. Making it less justifiably from a financial aspect.

The San Jose City Council basis for this facility seems to use the term "chronically" homeless. Which I have taken the liberty to equate with the above reports term "persistently" homeless.

If used to house the high cost persistently homeless the cost analysis of the report shows maximum cost avoidance.

However the program cannot show a cost avoidance if low cost homeless are selected for this facility.

If "persistently" homeless in the costly top 5% or 10% are housed then the Charity Housing on-site support for these high cost persons does not seem nearly adequate.

W. Barmettler

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