Denise Lindstrom Le Blanc, who has been homeless for two years, now calls the bed of the Santa Ana River home.

People of the Riverbed

On any given day, as many as 500 souls call the bed of the Santa Ana River home. While the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California has been sounding alarm bells about the situation, little has been done. Here is a glimpse into life in the riverbed.

Donald Meade, the beneficiary of a new approach to helping homeless people
with chronic illnesses, in his new apartment in Fullerton. (Photo by: Phuc Pham)

A New Way to Battle Homelessness Gains Traction

Traditionally, chronically homeless people have had to overcome addiction and mental health problems before being eligible for housing programs. But some advocates are now saying that “housing first” is a better route.