OC homeless deaths are still going up, activists want more action

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An unhoused person sits on the sidewalk in Santa Ana, December 2020. Photo by Shutterstock.

As in LA County, the homeless population in Orange County has sharply increased over the last decade. Almost 400 homeless people died there in 2021. A decade ago, that number was closer to 100. OC supervisors voted unanimously in early February to commission a survey of the homeless population. But activists say what’s needed now isn’t more data but action.