Officials Begin to Evict O.C. Homeless From Camps, But Many Have Nowhere to Go

Ray Huey bounced around from North Carolina to Washington state, Oregon, Idaho and Nevada before landing at the homeless camp on the side of the Santa Ana River in Anaheim.

Arthur Johnson looks out toward his belongings on the ground that will need to be cleaned up and stored as Orange County officials started clearing homeless camps in that area of the Santa Ana riverbed on Jan. 22, 2018. (Credit: Maria Alejandra Cardona / Los Angeles Times)

Arthur Johnson looks out toward his belongings on the ground that will need to be cleaned up and stored as Orange County officials started clearing homeless camps in that area of the Santa Ana riverbed on Jan. 22, 2018. (Credit: Maria Alejandra Cardona / Los Angeles Times)

In Anaheim, he found an unlikely collection of homeless people, including many couples. For years, this growing camp has become not just a place to sleep but a community for hundreds, complete with makeshift dwellings and a scattering of dogs.

But on Monday, Orange County officials began clearing out the camp, the final stage in a months-long effort to remove camps along the river that had become a much-debated symbol of the affluent county's spiraling homeless problem.

"I just love this country, so it's hard to pick one place to stay," Huey said. "I guess I have to respect what they're doing — but no, I haven't made up my mind where to go next."

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