OC homeless plan goes back to the drawing board

- How to deal with the homeless in Santa Ana. It’s been an ongoing debate after many set up tents outside city and county buildings in the civic center.

What came next was a plan to use an empty bus depot to house the homeless. Then, when many had to be moved away from the Santa Ana river an emergency plan was developed to place homeless shelters in three Orange County possibly using tents that could hold up to as many as 300 people. That idea met with angry residents in Irvine, Huntington Beach and Laguna Niguel who didn’t want the shelters in their neighborhoods.

The anger and frustration was huge as hundreds stood outside the Hall of Justice chanting things like “No Tent City… No Tent City!”

The protest was so large many couldn’t get inside the hall to actually see and hear the board of supervisors and those who took sides on the homeless issue.

Most of the 90 or so that signed up to speak didn’t want the plan that was on the table to move the homeless into the shelters in Irvine, Laguna Niguel and Huntington Beach..

Some wanted to see permanent solutions. Others said… not in my backyard…

The supervisors voted to rescind the plan until another can be put in place.

 

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