SANTA CLARA (KCBS)_ Silicon Valley’s largest shelter will hold its annual Homeless Memorial Wednesday for the men and women who died on the streets there this year.

Homeless deaths have seen a significant drop in Santa Clara County which is a heartening trend to report.

“We had 67 individuals die while outside last year and 51 this year. In 2008 we had 82, so just from last year alone we’ve seen a 24 percent decrease,” said Jenny Niklaus, CEO of EHC Lifebuilders, the largest shelter provider in the county.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

Niklaus attributed that significant drop to why more services are available.

“People can get a one stop point of access for needs of homeless persons. We’re working toward permanent solutions for every homeless person in this county,” she said.

The names of those who died will be read aloud at the morning memorial so that the people are not forgotten, said Niklaus.

“Everyone deserves to be remembered for the life that they lead.”

Niklaus added that this acknowledges their humanity and recognizes them for the people that they are.

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