Homelessness is a crisis in Orange County. In January, Federal Judge David O. Carter called Orange County’s skyrocketing homeless deaths a ‘Public Health Crisis’
In August of 2018, a Federal Court determined that cities and the County of Orange must provide housing for 60 percent of their total homeless counts based on 2017 statistics.
Cities that fail to meet a February deadline cannot enforce anti-camping ordinances (i.e. the encampment last year behind the Library or at the Santa Ana riverbed) until they offer homeless people an alternative to the streets. The City of Tustin is responsible for producing at least 42 beds, the location of which has been the subject of much controversy.
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