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The 400-people homeless encampments along the Santa Ana River




A homeless encampment near the Santa Ana River, April 21, 2017. The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted June 6 to dedicate $750,000 toward a pilot project aimed at moving homeless people off the river and into permanent housing.
A homeless encampment near the Santa Ana River, April 21, 2017. The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted June 6 to dedicate $750,000 toward a pilot project aimed at moving homeless people off the river and into permanent housing.
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The encampments along the Santa Ana River Trail in has become the focal point for the fight over homelessness in Orange County.

Some 400 homeless people have set up tents along a 2-mile stretch of the Santa Ana River near Angel Stadium, with perhaps hundreds more living along other sections.

Local businesses and residents have raised concerns about the encampments. Earlier this month, the city of Anaheim declared the site a public health and safety emergency. The Orange County Board of Supervisors had also voted to increase law enforcement oversight of the area.

The city of Fountain Valley is holding a town hall tonight to address the issue.

Guest:

Jill Replogle, KPCC’s Orange County reporter who’s been following the story; she tweets @jillrep