Sun. May 19th, 2024

According to the 2024 Orange County Point in Time Count, over the two-year period from 2022 to 2024, the number of homeless individuals counted in Santa Ana increased by 44.2%, from 990 to 1,428, with an increase in the unsheltered homeless population of 71.46% from 508 to 871 in 2024.

The County of Orange and City of Santa Ana Homeless Services Division believe that the lower 2022 numbers may have been the result of COVID-19 pandemic emergency housing measures, including an eviction moratorium.

From 2019 to 2024, homelessness increased 7% in Orange County and 20% in California.

The massive increase in homeless residents in the City of Santa Ana occurred despite the City spending hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years to address homelessness, including:

  • A 200-plus bed homeless navigation center
  • A homeless outreach team that’s on the streets seven days a week
  • Over $60 million in affordable housing investments over the past decade, creating over 1,000 new units
  • Completing 267 units of permanent supportive housing since 2018 for formerly homeless individuals, with 221 currently in progress

Only this year has the Santa Ana City Council finally directed the SAPD to start arresting transients who pass out while high or drunk.

Perhaps the City of Santa Ana should direct the SAPD to check if any transients are wanted in other jurisdictions or have outstanding warrants for their arrest? The police should be enforcing all laws and citing and arresting anyone involved in crimes such as using illegal drugs in public, theft of any kind, trespassing, etc. If transients know that coming to Santa Ana will result in jail time perhaps they will go somewhere else…



By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

One thought on “Homelessness in Santa Ana increased in 2024 by over 44%”
  1. The navigation center puts people out for no reason they break up a happy marriages they’re poisoning everybody as for your outreach team that’s on the street 7 days a week they don’t do a thing all they do is just push you off to the next person they don’t want to help you if you call begging for help they just say oh well there ain’t nothing we can do so how is it the homeless people’s fault you guys should hire somebody that actually cares about the homeless and wants to see the homeless succeed instead of fell as for the City of Santa Ana they need to start looking into the navigation center and how it’s ran and their staff because all they are is racist the police and their outreach engagement team all they are is lazy those people out the population grew for the physical fact that the navigation center those people out for no reason if they feel that they’re not the type of people they want there they throw them out if you look at them wrong they throw you out so the city of Santa Ana needs to start paying attention to that instead of the homeless people because if the navigation center would be ran right there would be less homeless in the streets and more people housed

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