Timmy, 63, who had lived in his wheelchair on Pacific Palisades streets for years, and then on Santa Monica streets, has passed.
Sharon Kilbride, who volunteers with The Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness, wrote “He was found unresponsive in his wheelchair in Santa Monica on the street [October 30]. He was transported to St. John’s and passed away the next day.
According to the U.S. News & World Report story “The Homeless Are Dying in Record Numbers on the Streets of Los Angeles” it is noted that “A record number of homeless people — 918 last year alone — are dying across Los Angeles County, on bus benches, hillsides, railroad tracks and sidewalks.
“Deaths have jumped 76% in the past five years, outpacing the growth of the homeless population, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of the coroner’s data.”
This editor wrote a 2017 Editorial “Homeless Mentally Ill Need Dedicated Help” that was prompted by Timmy, and Ruby, and other Pacific Palisades homeless living on the streets.
“One problem in discussing the homeless is we lump them all into one category. However, if a woman suffers domestic abuse and is living on the streets or if someone is kicked out of a rent-controlled apartment to make room for a new development or if a teen doesn’t have a family or if someone has lost a job and can’t pay the rent, that’s a much different situation than say. . .someone like Timmy, someone with mental illness.
“Almost everyone in the Palisades has seen or has heard about Timmy, who had taken up residence on the sidewalks on Sunset. A few weeks back, he took a train from L.A. with plans to go to Seattle but got off in Portland. Most likely he will return here.
“Before he left, the police had taken Timmy to the hospital on a 5150 (involuntary psychiatric hold) several times, but he was often released within days, and would return to the Palisades with his wheelchair, where he would sleep on the sidewalk.
“He has been approached many times by PPTFH social workers, who always seek a permanent shelter for him. At one point he took services, only to leave the shelter after three days because he wasn’t allowed to smoke indoors.
Sleep well, Timmy. Sorry that you couldn’t be helped. Sorry you died on the street, alone.