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Sonoma County homeless census shows graying population (Press Democrat)

 

By Mary Callahan, November 20, 2020, The Press Democrat.

Almost a third of the people counted in Sonoma County’s 2020 one-day homeless census were older than 50, reflecting, in part, an increasing number of people who are falling into homelessness as older adults.

They are evidence of a disturbing trend first observed in the county’s 2018 count. This year, 19% of those surveyed said they had become homeless for the first time at age 50 or later.

“We’re hearing from people who are reaching out for charity for the first time in their lives,” she said. “We’ve got to get a lot bolder looking ahead for how to prevent homelessness down the road.”

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