HOMELESS IN ONTARIO: A hand up, not a handout

Les Cloyd stands in his tent as he explains his plight to the Enterprise the weekend before the cleanup began. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

ONTARIO – As city crews razed a homeless camp north of Ontario last week, folks who had called the area home for months or even years shared their plight.

Their stories had a common thread: we’re looking for a hand up, not a handout.

Jose Rodriguez, who came from Seattle before settling along the river in Ontario with his partner Crystal Trivette, has been camping in the area for about five years. The couple had no idea where they were headed a couple days before the cleanup.

[Watch a video of folks displaced in the clearout

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