Can a nonprofit hired by the county substantially reduce population at homeless encampments along Santa Ana river trail? – Orange County Register

ANAHEIM It amounts to only a fraction of the more than 400 people living in tents and makeshift shelters pitched along a stretch of the Santa Ana River bike trail from Chapman Avenue to Ball Road.

But two months into a pilot program, the nonprofit organization City Net says it has relocated 45 people from the encampments that are Orange County’s most visible sign of a homelessness crisis.

City Net is operating under a $720,000 county contract that calls for 10 to 15 so-called “street exits” a month in what is the most ambitious official outreach attempted at the river bed since large numbers of homeless people began flocking there over the past three years.

The county’s goal is to substantially reduce the population at the tent encampments and discourage new people from settling there.

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