There are nearly as many homeless children in San Luis Obispo County — 1,847 — as there are homeless adults — 1,927 — the county’s latest count of that segment of the area’s population shows.
San Luis Obispo County has “an alarmingly high population of homeless children,” many of whom attend school “despite the precarious nature of their living situations,” according to the report. A sizable number of those youngsters are in the North County.
The information about the county’s transient children was just one of many findings in the report, released late Wednesday and available at www.sloplanning.org, the website of the county Department of Planning and Building.
Other highlights include the following:
- All areas of the county have people living without homes.
- The highest percentages are in the North County and in San Luis Obispo.
- Sixteen percent of the homeless are veterans.
- Nearly half sleep outside or in a vehicle, while others are in shelters, motels, transitional housing and other locales.
The count was taken on Jan. 25 and 26.
The report “gives a rich portrait of who in our community are without shelter, what propelled them into homelessness, and how they survive,” according to Patricia Gomez, executive director of the Homeless Services Oversight Council.