Placer county officials have received a long awaited study by a nationally recognized homeless expert on the status of the homeless in their county. Dr. Robert Marbut’s study conducted in December of last year and January of this year collected data on who the homeless are, how they came to be homeless, where they came from, and how long they have been homeless.
Placer County director of health and Human Services, Jeff Brown, says Marbut’s study also looked at the myriad services offered throughout the county and what’s being done well and where improvements are needed. They also found the homeless are locals.
He says the causes of homelessness are the typical triggers you see around the U.S. and California; mental illness, substance abuse issues, domestic violence issues, also some youth that are aging out of foster care, as well as people facing the high cost of housing and employment issues. The county is working on an Action Plan.
They are also looking at what it would take to implement a 24-7 shelter and services model in both Auburn and Roseville. Brown says they have a high number of chronically homeless in Placer County. That’s those who have been homeless for over 12 months or have had 4 or more homeless episodes over the past 3 years.
A homeless shelter is expected to be open in Auburn in the Dewitt Center by early May of this year.