The homeless advocates trying to organize denizens of the Santa Ana River Trail encampment to re-locate their tents up-river have abandoned their efforts, with one of them admitting in a Facebook post the plan “didn’t solve this very serious homeless problem.”
“UPDATE: THE HOMELESS DO NOT HAVE A SAFE HAVEN BY BRIDGES OF KRAEMER PLACE. The shelter is FULL, and the nearby riverbed channel is NOT an alternative,” wrote advocate Matthew Skaggs, who is also a community volunteer for homeless advocate Nancy West’s proposal for a sanctioned homeless campground in Anaheim known as Alfresco Gardens.
On January 22, the County began serving notice to the hundreds of homeless living in the sprawling SART squatters camp that they would have to leave while offering them access to services. A few days earlier, Skaggs and another homeless advocate, Curtis Gamble, had responded to the impending rolling eviction by encouraging residents of the homeless camps to take their tents northward to the section of the SART by the Kraemer/Glassell Bridge, on the east side of the river. This section is in the City of Orange and adjacent to hundreds of homes. Skaggs had passed out at least 100 flyers in the homeless encampment, featuring a map of the new venue he proposed for relocating the encampment.
The news site reported on this effort yesterday afternoon and word quickly spread to residents via social media. Several hours later, Skaggs published a Facebook post nixing the effort: