Orange County At A Loss Over What To Do With People It Evicted From Homeless Encampment
The county set up the residents in motels as a short-term solution, but the vouchers are running out and leaders still haven't agreed on what to do in the long-term.
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O.C. Pushes Homeless Off The Street But Can't Find Anywhere To Shelter Them
Orange County pushed hundreds out of an encampment along the Santa Ana River trail. Officials have also vowed to remove the tent city that has taken root at the Santa Ana Civic Center. But as the county and some of its cities take steps to push out homeless people, the problem of where they should go remains unsolved. And it became abundantly clear Tuesday that finding places willing to host new homeless shelters is going to be a huge political challenge. More than 1,000 people converged on the Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting to protest a plan to relocate those removed from along the river to temporary shelters in Irvine, Huntington Beach and Laguna Niguel. (Do, Carcamo and Serna, 3/28)
Orange County Faces Bitter Backlash Over Homeless Relocation Plans
But with protesters chanting outside, the county voted to rescind its plans - for now - to build three new emergency shelters. After the 4-0 vote, there was a chorus of boos mixing with loud applause. ... The supervisors did commit to fast-tracking spending of more than $50 million in previously unspent dollars to help the poor. (Siegler, 3/28)