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Final Homeless Count Numbers Released


Thursday, February 21, 2013
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Although there were more people beating the bushes three weeks ago during a countywide homeless count than during a similar effort two years ago, slightly fewer homeless individuals were found. This year, 550 volunteers made contact with 1,462 homeless individuals during a two-day search compared to 1,576 two years ago. As last time, the majority were middle-aged white males from Santa Barbara County confronting serious addiction and mental health problems. “The main story is the sameness of everything,” said Rob Fredericks with the City of Santa Barbara Housing Authority, who helped lead the effort. “We need to do a better job finding these people services and getting them into housing.” The point of the count is to determine which homeless individuals are most at risk of dying and to get them indoors. Of the homeless contacted this year, 220 had been counted in the previous census and 1,240 had not been. The City of Santa Barbara had 945, Santa Maria 300, Lompoc 101, and Isla Vista 81.

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After March 1st, 2013, that number of Homeless will increase from the Massive lay-off of Government personnel and Contractors.

dou4now (anonymous profile)
February 21, 2013 at 7:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

That's very interesting that only 220 were contacted the previous year, while the majority were apparently new. I wonder what happened with the other 1,336 counted in 2012.

at_large (anonymous profile)
February 21, 2013 at 10:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This is beginning to sound like the Audubon Society or something..

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 21, 2013 at 11:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)

945 homeless counted in SB itself, & a majority are really from here, they aren't crusties from the northwest as some allege. Most weren't counted last year...so the others...disappeared? Re-integrated into society, found a job, relatives took them in, hitch-hiked to LA or...

DrDan (anonymous profile)
February 23, 2013 at 2:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"945 homeless counted in SB itself, & a majority are really from here, they aren't crusties from the northwest as some allege."

From what I hear, this is true. Imagine the people who bought houses before the huge price spike a few decades ago and how are their kids going to be able to afford to stay in Santa Barbara? (The only home they've ever known?) Where are they supposed to go, Detroit?

A friend of mine who grew up in S.B (actually, Montecito) may end up living in his camper--and as he puts it--dodging the cops.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
February 23, 2013 at 4:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I don't know, I still see plenty of big backpack-wearing, pit bull-toting "crusty types" all over town. I'm not planning to ask where they're from, but it seems unlikely to me that it's "here." Does one establish a "local identity" once signed up for local social services?

zappa (anonymous profile)
February 24, 2013 at 7:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm with you on that BC, my own kid lives in central Europe and he knows there's not much of an economic future for him in SB.
And I see those guys, too... lower State St., Milpas, living along the freeway/RR lines, setting an occasional fire... life in SB alright.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
February 24, 2013 at 11:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Now they are starting ti release the overcrowded prisioners so the count is going to go up. Not only that but some of these people are violent already had a run in with a group who att. to take over neighbors proptery.

Byrd (anonymous profile)
February 26, 2013 at 10:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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