What happens when the homeless die?

THEIR DEATH

  • The County Chief Medical Examiner/Coroner attempts to contact relatives at time of death.
  • Unclaimed bodies are stored at city morgues for 30 days.
  • After that time, bodies are disposed of.

BODY DISPOSAL 

  • Some are taken by hospitals and medical schools for education.
  • Most are cremated and buried in unmarked graves outside city limits.
  • Sometimes cemeteries refuse the remains. In these cases, ashes are simply thrown away.

MORE FACTS

  • Approx. 610,050 people experience homelessness on any given night in the United States.
  • About 18% are considered “chronically homeless.”
  • Chronic homelessness costs the public between $30,000 - $50,000 per person per year.