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Posted on: January 18, 2018

Anaheim readies for river trail clearing with added homeless resources, stepped up parks presence

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2018) — Anaheim is ready for the pending clearing of the Santa Ana River Trail with extra help for those living in homelessness as well as additional resources for residents, businesses and neighborhoods concerned about the winding down of encampments.

As Anaheim has done since 2014, we will continue providing weekly homeless outreach services with City Net and the Anaheim Homeless Collaborative, a collection of more than 100 groups working together to address homelessness.

Since 2014, Anaheim and City Net have helped transition nearly 900 people out of homelessness.

As the county of Orange works to clear the river trail in coming weeks, the Anaheim Police Department’s homeless outreach and community policing teams will step up their outreach across the city to offer help and services to those who are homeless as well as ensure residents and businesses are safe.

Plans to address the county’s initial clearing of the river trail on Jan. 22 include:

  • Adding new security patrols at city parks and other public spaces seven days a week during peak hours and in the evening and overnight
  • Increasing City Net outreach and offering resources, including hotel vouchers and travel expenses for family reunification
  • Working with City Net to connect with those along the river trail and continuing to offer them assistance as they leave the area
  • Continuing to work with the county of Orange to offer housing and mental health resources for those in need
  • Standing ready to help residents and businesses that encounter issues and enhancing ways in which the community can relay issues to the city
  • Ensuring that everyone continues to feel safe and welcome in our parks, libraries and other public spaces

Residents and business owners needing assistance can submit a request through Anaheim Anytime, at Anaheim.net/AnaheimAnytime, and will receive a quick response.

Those who would like to help, donate or get involved in addressing homelessness can call City Net at (714) 451-6198.

Anyone who needs homeless services can also call City Net for help.

For more information on what we’re doing to address homelessness, visit Anaheim.net/homeless.


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