Report: 56 Multnomah Co. homeless deaths last year

FILE - Carla Evans and children Maia, 4, and Oscar, 2, find a moment of family fun at the family shelter that started at Eastminster Presbyterian Church and now hosted by Parkrose Community United Church of Christ. Undated photo. (Christopher Onstott/Portland Tribune)
FILE - Carla Evans and children Maia, 4, and Oscar, 2, find a moment of family fun at the family shelter that started at Eastminster Presbyterian Church and now hosted by Parkrose Community United Church of Christ. Undated photo. (Christopher Onstott/Portland Tribune)

(KOIN) – A new report found that at least 56 people who were in homeless situations in Multnomah County died in 2012, up from 47 the year before.

The Domicile Unknown report, released Friday, determined that more than half the deaths were accidental. Those included deaths from overdose, drowning, burns or hypothermia. Seventeen of the 56 were from heroin. Another 10 were from suicide. Forty-eight of those who died were men, and eight were women.

The average age of death was 46, the report found.

The analysis was conducted by Dr. Paul Lewis, deputy health officer for Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.

“Forty-six is too young to die,’’ Lewis said in a statement. “Especially since most of these deaths are preventable.’’

The report, based on data collected from the Oregon State Medical Examiner and Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office, did not include those who died from natural causes, or who were receiving medical care.

It was co-sponsored by the county, city of Portland and the newspaper Street Roots.

To read the full report, click here.

Faris Tanyos

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