Salem Police Officer Bob Owings surveys what’s left of a homeless camp under the Highway 22 overpass that crosses Mill Creek near Costco and Lowe’s Jan. 29, 2019.
People in Salem’s most vulnerable homeless population have three strikes against them: a chronic health condition, mental health diagnosis and substance addiction.
The most likely outcome is to die in their 50s.
More than 500 people experiencing homelessness in the Salem-Keizer area have been identified in this “tri-morbid” group in the past year, up from an estimated 200 in 2014.
Studies show many won’t get help in time.
Read the whole story at the Statesman Journal.