Mobile showers set up for homeless near riverbed; Anaheim says a permit is needed – Orange County Register

ANAHEIM >> A trailer bearing two mobile showers and two portable toilets was set up by homeless advocates just across the street from the Santa Ana riverbed on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Volunteers and visitors were enthusiastic, but the city of Anaheim says the group lacks a required permit.


The portables were brought in by the Orange County Poverty Alleviation Coalition, a homeless advocacy group. This was the first operation of its kind since the group had three portable toilets confiscated by the City of Anaheim after setting them up without permission earlier this year.

Mohammed Aly, a lawyer and founder of the coalition, said the group is taking action to address inaction on the county’s part and encourage more to be done to help the riverbed’s homeless.

“We think this is a government function. So long as the government is not fulfilling their role and their responsibility to preserve the basic health and safety of human beings, we will not only criticize them for denying people their basic human rights, but we will perform that function ourselves,” Aly said.

The first visitor to the showers on Saturday was Michelle Mora. Mora came to the riverbed in May…

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