The city of Benicia is located in Solano County and is a waterside city situated in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. The population of Solano is around 29,000 and the median age is 44 with a rate of poverty of about 7%. Much of the economy in Benicia revolves around health care, manufacturing, scientific and technical services, oil and gas, and mining. According to Solano County Indicators, the poverty rate in the county has declined in recent years and is lower than the state poverty rate. The poverty rate in the county is lower for seniors than the overall population. Many people struggling with poverty are also battling addiction.
According to the Solano County Health Status Report for 2019, the unemployment rate for Solano County in 2016 was 6.2%. In 2017, local agencies in the county counted a total of 1,232 people who identified as homeless. Most of the people who were homeless within the county were unsheltered, approximately 74%, and 15% living in transitional housing, while 11% were in emergency housing. Unfortunately, many who are homeless struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. It often becomes an endless cycle that they are not able to get out of. Drug dealers also pray on homeless encampments selling drugs and keeping many addicts hooked. Finding treatment is the only way for any addict to get themselves out of the problem they are in. Substance abuse treatment programs in Benicia and throughout Solano County can help addicts overcome all addictions.