Orange County, Advocates Close to Settlement That Could Help Homeless Get Housing and Services

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A homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River in Anaheim. Earlier this year, a federal judge ordered the encampment to be cleared. (Credit: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

A homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River in Anaheim. Earlier this year, a federal judge ordered the encampment to be cleared. (Credit: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

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After the high-profile removal of an illegal tent city in February followed by months of legal drama, advocates and Orange County officials are close to a settlement in civil rights lawsuits that could help homeless people obtain easier access to housing and services.

The proposed agreement follows lengthy negotiations between the county and lawyers representing people who once lived in an encampment along the Santa Ana River trail.

Part of the goal of the agreement is to provide compassionate treatment for the poor — a top priority for U.S. District Judge David O. Carter, who is overseeing the cases — while allowing authorities to resolve matters affecting public health and safety.

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