What happens when the homeless die?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.