San Jose Homeless Up 18 Percent in Biennial Census

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Former San Jose homeless encampment.

The number of homeless people in San Jose increased 18 percent since 2011, according to a biennial homeless census report for release Tuesday.  Much of the data came out Monday in a memo to the San Jose City Council. 
Officials say although the increase is likely due to more accurate methodology used this year, the number is still unacceptably high.
Over two days in January, outreach teams counted 4,770 homeless people in San Jose.  The total for Santa Clara County was 7,361. 
Ray Bramson is San Jose’s homelessness response manager.  He says the professional teams were able to get to hard-to-reach homeless camps to collect more useful information.
“We know that people living in our encampments have been homeless longer, are more vulnerable and are more likely to accept housing solutions,”  Bramson says.
Bramson says having more thorough data allows officials to craft better solutions to get people into permanent housing.
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