Homelessness

City Commissioner Calls for Busing Riverbed Homeless Into Anaheim Resort

Tom Houchen, the District 5 representative on the Anaheim Housing and Community Development Commission, posted this on Facebook a few hours ago: This reckless suggestion is the response of Houchen (and apparently other homeless “advocates”) to the County of Orange’s announced intention to actually require the homeless campers living on the Santa Ana River Trail to obey the law like ...

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OC Sheriff’s Department: 83% of Santa Ana River Homeless Are Refusing Services

83% of homeless living in the Santa Ana River Trail encampments are refusing offers of assistance, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD). Members of the department’s Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) have made 1,093 contacts and offered a variety of resources to the individuals encamped in the area. Deputies, in some cases, made multiple contacts with the same individual ...

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Kris Murray: Progress Report On Operation Home S.A.F.E.

Last month, Operation Home S.A.F.E. was unanimously approved by the Anaheim City Council. This program declared a state of emergency in our city and put in place an action plan to address health and safety impacts of homeless encampments along the Flood Control Channel in Anaheim and surrounding areas. The focus is to collaborate with the County of Orange and ...

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County of Orange Considering Closed Education Center in Orange As Homeless Shelter

The County of Orange is considering purchasing the Orange Education Center from the Rancho Santiago Community College District and turning it into a homeless shelter, according to sources. The shuttered facility is in an industrial-commercial zone of the city. Last week, Supervisor Todd Spitzer, county CEO Frank Kim and several county staff toured the building, which a source familiar with ...

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Anaheim, County Ramping Up To Remove Santa Ana River Homeless Encampments

As frustrated residents and businesses alike reach their wits end regarding the illegal Santa Ana River Trail homeless encampment, the Anaheim City Council and Orange County Board of Supervisors each took action on Tuesday to begin law enforcement operations on the Santa Ana River Trail with the goal – in combination with an emergency ramp-up of outreach services – of ...

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Operation Home S.A.F.E Approved: Reclaiming The Santa Ana River Trail and Our Neighborhoods

At last night’s Anaheim City Council Meeting, Operation Home S.A.F.E. passed unanimously, declaring a citywide state of emergency and putting in motion an action plan to work with the County of Orange, neighboring cities, and non-profit partners to address the public health conditions and unlawful activity resulting from escalating homeless encampments. I am grateful to the Mayor and my council colleagues who were united in support of ...

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Will Tait Vote On Operation Home Safe Tonight?

Anaheim Insider here. Will Mayor Tom Tait vote on Operation Home Safe, Councilmember Kris Murray’s proposal to declare a state of emergency on the Santa Ana River Trail and mobilize to move the homeless out of it? It’s not an idle question. Mayor Tait is known for recusing himself from votes even when it isn’t necessary, citing a desire to ...

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An Open Letter From An Anaheim Resident On Homeless Crisis

An Anaheim resident who requested anonymity asked Anaheim Blog to publish this open letter: Please Urge City Council to Address the Homeless Issue During Tuesday’s Council Meeting! Hello – Items 20 and 22 on Tuesday Night’s City Council Meeting agenda directly address our concerns about the Homeless Issues in District 5. We need your help to communicate to City Council ...

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Santa Ana River Trail Belongs To The Taxpayers

[This was originally published in the OC Register on September 3, 2017] By Carolyn Cavecche Every few years a public policy issue grows so immense and overarching that it becomes the issue that a leader is judged by. For local elected officials it is usually something that so impacts their constituents, it taints everything they do in office. The taking ...

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Moreno Porta-Potties Proposal Dies; Murray Unveils State of Emergency Plan To End Homeless Encampments

The Anaheim City Council shelved District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno’s proposal to allow homeless advocates to install porta-potties in the Santa Ana River Trail homeless camp in District 5, while Councilwoman Kris Murray outlined an ambitious plan to declare a citywide state of emergency and tackle the explosion of homeless camps through a combination of assistance and enforcement she ...

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