03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

San Luis Obispo Torn On Dan De Vaul, Rancher Who Houses Homeless

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Burly, bearded and gleefully obscene, Dan de Vaul does not look the part of the bleeding-heart homeless advocate, sporting as he does a feather-topped cowboy hat, a large collection of guns and a bushel of hoary wisecracks.

But for nearly a decade, Mr. de Vaul has been housing dozens of homeless men and women in a farmhouse and a collection of tents, trailers and sheds spread around his 72-acre ranch here on the outskirts of this city in central California.

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