Staff from The Orange County Register took a journey along the Santa Ana riverbed to find out as much as we could about the homeless people who live there.
To some, they are seen as a nuisance. To others, they symbolize a broken system. But some of the roughly 1,000 people who have created a community for themselves in encampments by the Santa Ana River prefer the term “roofless,” and this is their home.
Explore the illustrated map below, and hover or click on the magnifying glasses to see more detail via photos, videos and additional information.
Homeless man ponders life at Santa Ana River Trail from a helicopter
Bicyclist who videotaped Santa Ana River Trail homeless wishes he’d done things differently
Orange County plans to clear entire riverbed homeless encampment within weeks, officials say
Huge waste build-up on the Santa Ana River Trail might force homeless people out of Anaheim encampment
Source: Oc Register