Published On: Sun, Jul 18th, 2021

Sheriff: Handcuffs Won’t Solve Orange County’s Homelessness Problem

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IRVINE, Calif.—Transitional housing and holistic services are needed to help get Orange County’s homeless population off the streets, according to Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes. “I can tell you that we’re not going to be able to arrest our way out of the homeless problem,” Barnes told The Epoch Times. “That’s not going to happen. The only way this works long term is to provide services.” Building housing in a way that helps the down-and-out become successful is one of the best ways to break the cyclical nature of homelessness, as shelters and jails are short-term solutions, according to the sheriff. Of course, he noted, shelter must be accompanied by the right blend of services. “When we’ve talked about bringing services to this really high-risk population, it’s got to be timed and it has to be holistic,” the sheriff said. “And that means bringing people in to support them through either mental illness or …

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