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Photo gallery: Orange County's riverside homeless begin trading tents for motels

Photo gallery: Orange County's riverside homeless begin trading tents for motels
"I can't wait to take a shower and sleep and I know it will be a safe place," said Yasenia Valencia as she and others ride a bus from the homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River to a motel. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

The crowd of homeless men and women lined up along the Santa Ana River trail to collect motel vouchers before biding goodbye to Orange County’s largest homeless camp.

(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Kathy Schuler, 62, left, is given a hug by her granddaughter Ashley Foster, 23, where they live at a homeless encampment. 

(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Jacob Serrano, 39, walks back to his tent where he lives with his wife at a homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River in Anaheim.

(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Ivan Reyes, who has been living in the Santa Ana River trail homeless encampment for the past two months, carries an American flag along with his belongings.

(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

"Just because it's an ugly day doesn't mean I have to be ugly," said Morgan Mermaid Gallerito, shown holding her homemade dream catcher at a large homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River trail.

(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Alice Simpson, 57, of Alabama, waits to board an OCTA bus after receiving a 30-day motel voucher from the Orange County Health Care Agency.

(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Linda O'Reilly, homeless for five years, moves her belongings out of the large encampment along the Santa Ana River trail.

(Maria Alejandra Cardona / Los Angeles Times)

Hundreds of homeless people camped by the river trail prepare to leave.

(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

John Kasten, 60, and his dog Sebastian hang out at the homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River in Anaheim.

(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Anaheim police officers urge people to get help at a Community Outreach Day camp in the parking lot of Angel Stadium.

(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Lisa Bell, 51, right, gets a hug from a friend who stopped by to visit her at the homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River.

(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Orange County sheriff's deputies, left, question a man while responding to a report of an individual in the flood channel with a weapon. 

(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

U.S. District Judge David Carter, center, flanked by attorney Brooke Weitzman, left, and Marianne VanRiper, senior assistant county council, surveys the homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River.

(Gary Coronado/ Los Angeles Times)

Daryl Woods, 47, cleans up around his homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River.

(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Residents of this apartment complex have complained about the rows and rows of homeless encamped along the Santa Ana River.

gary.coronado@latimes.com

Twitter: @gary_coronado

allen.schaben@latimes.com

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