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Encampments, sidewalk tents: Is SoCal ready for the new normal of homelessness?




County workers clear and raze a homeless encampment beside the Santa Ana River on February 20, 2018 in Anaheim, California.
County workers clear and raze a homeless encampment beside the Santa Ana River on February 20, 2018 in Anaheim, California.
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The homeless crisis continues to grow in the Los Angeles suburbs despite political promises.

The image that encapsulates this ever-growing issue is the homeless encampments that have been erected all over the city.

In the past week, over 400 homeless people who had camped out along the Santa Ana River were given vouchers to relocate free of charge to motels in Orange County. The program was established after a district court judge expressed concerns that clearing the Santa Ana River encampments would violate the civil rights of homeless people.

The hotel voucher program has already run into snags, as OC officials struggle to find enough motels willing to take in the population.

As Southern California struggles to deal with its homeless issues, how do you deal with this “new normal” of homelessness? Call us at 866.893.5722 to weigh in.

Guest:

Rina Palta, correspondent for KPCC, covering issues pertaining to homelessness and Southern California's social safety net