• Tony

    I stay at the court yard at civic center and at 5:00 am I sat on a chair and this one staff said you are not allowed to sit there or hang out here. I am fed up with you. I said fed up with me. I come here to sleep I cause no trouble what so ever. I need a few minutes as my arm and leg is numb. He took a picture of me another staff heard me complain about numb Ness I had to ask 5 times for 911 I am now at hospital I got admitted I might ofaiffered from a TAN mild stroke. A few staff is cool but the majority is really harsh and very disrespectful. Midnight mission received I think 15 million to operAte this. I asked dolsre about beTter and she dId they are not allowed right now there is a staff infection going around and reported and verified complaints about scabies there is child rapist at the place I let security know but nothing happened this place is way to close to parks Nd schools.
    Sorry for bad typing and grammar

  • astar2b

    The city of Santa Ana has the responsibility to monitor the performance of it’s contractors. Along with written reports, a tour of the facility on a regular basis should be the normal… Just don’t hand them the keys and say ‘keep in touch…’

  • Anonymous

    THIS IS RIDICULOUS!!! Banning people because they said “we have some issues that need to dealt with”? We find that CLEARLY beyond the pale. Why were homeless people thrown out? Because they did not like the attitude of some of the people there? If the place is dirty, you HAVE to expect people to say something. What else is sub-par? “Oh, you say you got food poisoning from our food? You are a troublemaker! You are no long welcome!” We used to be homeless. One time, many years ago, we were at a soup kitchen and we saw they had these big coffee makers/dispensers…complete with bugs in them! They got mad about us pointing this out. (Isn’t that something the health department can shut down a restaurant for?)

  • Clay Bock

    I had the opportunity to tour the shelter last week. Sure it
    is far from ideal but it is a 1000 times better than no shelter for these human
    beings who for whatever reason ended up living on the streets. I applaud all the people involved with making the shelter a reality. All the homeless there are helped and I know some will have an
    opportunity to become productive citizens again. In the article it mentioned
    that homeless are being dropped off at the shelter from surrounding cities. I think it is the
    times we live in that each city needs to have its own shelter for their
    homeless residents. I went to a chamber of commerce meeting in Garden Grove where I live and the officer speaking on the homeless said 40% of all police calls concern the homeless. We
    have over 175,000 residents and 300 – 400 homeless in Garden grove. Those 3 to
    4 hundred are consuming hours of police time which is time spent that the
    police are unable to deal with and help the other 175,000 residents. I don’t
    think it’s a matter of where does the money come from, we are already spending
    hundreds of thousands by using our police to address this problem.

    It’s time for all Orange County Cities to step up.

    Clay Bock

    • Don Livezey

      Would be nice to have more shelters, sure, but note that this one is run by the County of Orange, so it’s not surprising that it is supporting cities other than Santa Ana.

  • Clay Bock

    I had the opportunity to tour the shelter last week. Sure it is far from ideal but it 1000 times better
    than no shelter for these human beings who for whatever reason ended up living
    on the streets. I applaud all the people
    involved with making the shelter a reality. All the homeless there are helped
    and I know some will have an opportunity to become productive citizens again. In the article it mentioned that homeless are
    being dropped off at the shelter from surrounding cities. I think it is the times we live in that each
    city needs to have its own shelter for their homeless residents. I went to a
    chamber of commerce meeting in Garden Grove where I live and the officer
    speaking on the homeless said 40% of all police calls concern the homeless. We
    have over 175,000 residence and 300 – 400 homeless in Garden grove. Those 3 to
    4 hundred are consuming hours of police
    time which is time spent that the police are unable to deal with and helping
    with the other 175,000 residents. I don’t think it’s a matter of where does the
    money come from, we are already spending hundreds of thousands by using our
    police to address this problem. It’s time for all Orange County Cities to step
    up.
    Clay Bock

  • Jacki Livingston

    Question is, why is someone banned from the center because they wrote an article that was critical? This is America, where the First Amendment rules. Starling should be sacked for her unprofessional conduct. The spector of Trump’s First Reich is scary enough, in terms of free speech. The problem with all too many people who work with the homeless is that they do it for their ego, not for true caring. They expect these folks to grovel and cry and treat them like gods. Obviously, this has to change. Equal respect is what is needed. Why isn’t SSA overseeing this program? Oh, right, they are too busy ripping off nursing homes…my bad.

    • Tony

      Most midnight mission staff at civic center is recovering drug addicts them self and midnight mission in is Angeles is where the goto rehab at. They are not trained in dealing with people that has many mental issues. I don’t even think the security has there BSIS California Gaurd Card

  • Thank you for your helpful and honest reporting. Keep up the good work!

  • Manuel Delgadillo

    I believe Mr. Igmar Rodas errors in saying the police are harassing the homeless. There should be some order in the Civic Center area due to county employees, jurors and citizens voicing their concerns. No order leads to disorder. There is plenty going on in the civic center not seen by the locals and this shelter is a work in progress. So Igmar give it a chance!

  • LFOldTimer

    Is it written somewhere in the county bylaws that the space in the bus depot homeless shelter is reserved only for the civic center homeless?

    I think it’s a good thing that the shelter is filled to capacity. Wasn’t that the intention from the start? At first people complained that not enough homeless people were using the shelter. Now the complaints are too many are using the shelter?

    A homeless person living in the shelter with resources is one less homeless person living under a bridge or next to a dumpster. That’s a good thing.

  • David Zenger

    “On a daily basis, police and other officials are dropping people off from other places, including: Garden Grove, Anaheim, and Laguna Beach.”

    Wow! Who could have foreseen such a thing?

    • Anonymous

      No! It would NEVER happen. Just like they have NEVER dropped people off at skidrow in LA!!!