- At least 1,500 unhoused people have died out on the streets between March 2020 and July 2021 in one of the wealthiest metropolitan cities in the world — Los Angeles, California.
- “When people are passing away outdoors and on the sidewalks, that is a failure of the state,” a co-author stated. The study emphasized that Black residents are only 8 percent of the population but are 25 percent of the deaths.
- “If we were to see this metric in any other part of the world, we would dismiss that place as one of great poverty, as a violator of human rights, as a predatory government that exploits its people,” Ms. Roy said.
“At least 1,500 unhoused people died in Los Angeles — one of the wealthiest metropolitan cities in the world — during the pandemic, a new study has estimated
The report titled “We Do Not Forget: Stolen Lives of LA’s Unhoused During the Covid-19 Pandemic” showed that “up to 1,493 unhoused persons may have passed away in Los Angeles County’s streets or outdoor spaces” between March 2020 and July 2021.
The most common cause of death, found by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a coalition of unhoused residents, was “accidental overdose”.
As many as 542 people died on the sidewalk. At more than 35 per cent of all cases, this was the most common place of death.
“The remaining sites in the list with total counts are parking lot (197), alley (85), tent (84), park (75), embankment (54), railroad tracks (46), walkway (45), trailer (41), and transient encampment (34),” the report said…”
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