‘We Are Throwaways’: Life After The Riverbed Tent Cleanup Is Challenging For Many Displaced Homeless People
This year, officials started in earnest breaking up the tent encampment along the Santa Ana Riverbed. Now the residents of the camp are left with few choices on what to do next.
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Driven From An Anaheim Tent City, A Couple Struggles With Addiction And The Realities Of Orange County’s Homeless
Laura Kasten stood outside her mother’s house in Fullerton, a backpack pulling on her hunched shoulders. She fidgeted. The 51-year-old and her mom, Jan Rockwell, hadn’t spoken since arguing just before Christmas. Laura braced herself. “I’ve got your mail right on the table,” Rockwell, 79, said as they squeezed onto a faded living room couch. “I’d like to hug you if I can hold my nose.” (Do, 8/2)
Easing Unhealthy Homeless People Off Streets Of San Diego Can Be A Daunting Process
The county’s Health and Human Services Agency contracted with PATH and Exodus Recovery to run the three-year pilot program, targeting people identified as being chronically homeless and suffering from a severe mental illness, substance abuse disorder or physical illness. It is funded by a $22 million federal grant, which the county is matching. (Murphy, 8/3)