Judge Sets Deadline for Action on Homeless

A Southern California judge is running out of patience with Orange County officials and he's set a deadline for them to take action on the homeless crisis. 

U.S. District Judge David Carter ordered leaders and law enforcement officials from both Santa Ana and Anaheim to submit their plans by July 13 on what they plan on doing about hundreds of homeless people who were removed from a tent camp along the Santa Ana River. The order requires the cities to create sites for emergency intake, transitional and long-term housing before the armories close on July 16th. 

Hundreds of homeless people were removed from the Santa Ana Riverbed as part of an effort to clean up the area in February. Many of those were moved to local motels and emergency shelters across the county after homeless advocates sued to protect the rights of the evicted tent-dwellers. 

When the motel vouchers expired, many of the homeless were moved to local armories in Santa Ana and Anaheim. 

Judge Carter has invited both sides of the lawsuit to tour the Santa Ana armory on June 5th before the deadline. 

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