Memorial held for deceased homeless in Santa Clara Co.

December 9, 2009 5:20:31 PM PST
Santa Clara County's leading provider of homeless services held a memorial Wednesday for the 67 men and women it says have died on the county's streets this year.

EHC Lifebuilders says about half the homeless were killed by harsh weather. The rest are victims of cruel fate.

"We have folks who die by being hit by cars, murder... It's a wide variety of reasons, certainly folks who are homeless have compromised health," said Jenny Nicklaus.

Lifebuilders also says that because of an increase in shelter space, there was a 20 percent decrease in the number of homeless deaths in Santa Clara County in 2009, 66, compared to 82 in 2008.