An ABC News report on Santa Ana’s homeless population has agitated some of those who are trying to help the homeless. The report, which you can see above, implies that most of our homeless residents are mentally ill. It then reports that the SAPD is using a federal grant to train their officers on how to handle the homeless.
The report mentions that the police issue tickets to the homeless for “camping without a permit,” but does not mention that such a permit does not exist. And while some of the homeless are called “Sex Offenders” apparently many of them gave gotten on that list because they have urinated in public – which was labeled “indecent exposure.” As critics have pointed out – there aren’t many public restrooms in Downtown Santa Ana.
It should be noted that ABC News did not seek the opinion of any homeless people nor did they interview anyone from any of the non-profits that tries to serve this community.
There are no easy answers to homelessness in Orange County, but one-sided news reports like this don’t help the situation.