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.

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.

Statesman Journal

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.