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Posted on: December 5, 2017

Anaheim sets Dec. 19 as Community Triage Day on Santa Ana River Trail

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Dec. 5, 2017) — Anaheim will lead a day of coordinated homeless outreach on Dec. 19 to help transition people from the Santa Ana River Trail encampment.

The Community Triage Day will bring together the city, the county of Orange, service providers and faith-based groups offering access to shelters, transitional housing and other services.

The groups will set up in the parking lot of Angel Stadium of Anaheim alongside the Santa Ana River Trail from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The goal is to provide outreach to those living along the river trail as well as immediate access to shelter and services.

With Southern California’s rainy months approaching, Anaheim and partners are stepping up efforts to transition people from the river trail, which primarily serves as a flood control channel.

The triage day builds on efforts by the county of Orange, Anaheim and nonprofit partner City Net to offer services and options for those living along the river trail.

Since July, 125 people have been transitioned from the river trail.

Anaheim’s City Council on Tuesday approved up to $100,000 in additional homeless funding to support the triage day. Funding could go toward on-the-spot services including travel expenses to reunite with family, motel vouchers for temporary, transitional housing, referral to drug treatment programs and pet services. 

The city also is seeking nonprofits to take part. Emphasis is on services and resources that help break the cycle of homeless and go beyond just addressing immediate, every day needs.

The focus is on emergency shelter, beds and housing along with supportive resources.

If you’re a provider with resources that can help transition people off the river trail, please call (714) 765-4610 to find out about hosting a table at the triage day.

The triage day is part of Operation Home S.A.F.E., a program to step up efforts to address homelessness along the Santa Ana River Trail and across Anaheim.

The plan, approved unanimously by Anaheim’s City Council in September, directs the city to work with the county and neighboring cities to find additional shelter space and to join with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department on public safety patrols on the river trail.

Since January 2014, Anaheim and nonprofit partner City Net have helped 892 people end homelessness in Anaheim by placing them in housing or reuniting them with family.  That includes 107 people helped out of homelessness since Operation Home S.A.F.E. was approved in September. 

For more on what Anaheim is doing to address homelessness, please see Anaheim.net/homeless.

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