‘Nimby or Not’: new KPCC series looks at OC battle to get people off the streets

Oct 10, 2018

Tents and belongings of the homeless line a street in downtown Los Angeles, California on June 25, 2018.

Tents and belongings of the homeless line a street in downtown Los Angeles, California on June 25, 2018; Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images


The homeless crisis is affecting communities across Southern California.

KPCC has been airing a series of stories that is addressing the problem in Orange County. The series focuses on efforts by Pathways of Hope, a homeless services provider, that wants to build an 60-unit apartment complex for the homeless population in the city of Fullerton. Pathways of Hope believes that the solution to the crisis lies in permanent supportive housing. Fullerton has been home to a seasonal homeless shelter operating for several years and some see it as a good option to house the project.

But the proposed solution comes with challenges. The project must get an approval by residents in the area. Advocates are trying to convince residents to support the project, but it is not an easy task. The neighborhood is resisting.

What would you do if a homeless housing project was proposed for your neighborhood?

Tensions over homelessness are high in SoCal. Everyone wants a solution. But often, nearby residents are first in line to oppose new projects.

This is what I’m exploring in Orange County.

— Jill Replogle (@jillrep) August 16, 2018

In a multi-part series called “Nimby or Not,” KPCC’s Orange County reporter Jill Replogle gives us an inside look at one battle in the crusade to get California’s more than 90,000 unsheltered residents off the streets.


Jill Replogle, KPCC’s Orange County reporter; she tweets @jillrep

Becks Heyhoe, housing manager for United to End Homelessness and Orange County United Way, a homeless services provider in Orange County  

Stephanie Bromley, a Fullerton resident, who lives in the Little Chapman-Adlena Park neighborhood, where advocates want to build permanent housing for the homeless

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