Good read: https://voiceofoc.org/2018/02/langenbacher-waterfront-living-in-oc-isnt-what-youd-expect/
Taking a closer look at the community of people, estimated up to 1200 (it’s difficult to get an accurate account of mobile people), who live along the Santa Ana River in these encampments, it is noted there is a diverse group of individuals and even families.
Included among them are young adults who have aged out of foster care, wounded veterans, women escaping domestic violence, people with severe (mental and/ or physical) illness, individuals and families who are down on their luck, and some who have been affected by addiction. What you also see is resilience, cleverness, compassion, and dog lovers (there are probably 100 homeless dogs living with their owners along the river). Everyone here knows on which days meals are provided at churches in the vicinity, which emergency shelters are the best, where to ask for a hand-out, and shares that information with others. They band together for security and support, and most, when offered clothing, or toiletries, or food, will not take more than their share so that others in their community can have some too. What they also all have in common is that they did not choose to be here, and want a better life.