The city of Los Angeles has met a deadline to have nearly 6,200 new beds online for those in need by Friday, April 16. That emerges from documents filed today in response to a federal lawsuit aimed at forcing officials to effectively manage the homelessness crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A quarterly report shows that the new beds, which can be temporarily or permanently placed in all 15 parish wards, are in hotels and motels rented by the city, churches, tiny home villages, and elsewhere. There are also areas where people who live in vehicles can safely park.
Another 500 beds are expected to be made available in mid-December. This emerges from a memorandum of understanding that was closed last June to take in 6,700 unprotected people.
The target groups are people suffering from homelessness living in camps within 500 feet of highways, homeless people who are 65 years of age or older, and other vulnerable, unprotected people, the report said.
The lawsuit was filed in March 2020 by the LA Alliance for Human Rights, a coalition of downtown businesses and residents who are now seeking judicial intervention to require the defendants to skid over the thousands of people Row downtown living will offer a dramatic increase in housing through August.
A hearing will be scheduled before US District Judge David O. Carter on May 10th to consider the matter, along with a motion from the district to be dismissed from the lawsuit.
If approved, the plaintiff’s motion for an injunction would:
- Encourage the city and county to offer emergency, interim, or permanent housing and treatment to all mentally ill people within the Skid Row area.
- Force the city and county to adopt a plan within 30 days to ensure that the apartments provided are not just concentrated in the so-called security area of Skid Row and that at least 50% of the apartments offered are in an area to be defined must lie by the court;
- Call on the city and county to set mandatory, expedited timeframes for reviewing and processing all applications and permits for new homes built specifically for the Skid Row population.
- Providing residential land in all municipal and regulatory districts, including unincorporated areas;
- Encourage the county to provide or fund homeless support services to homeless people who accept the offer of housing, and the defendants share the cost of providing business services evenly.
- Within five days, require the city and county to identify land owned by each business, a total of at least 20 acres per business that can be used to support lodging or housing that is designed to meet obligations;
- Allow the court to consider land parcels in any seizure of property necessary to achieve the goal if the defendants are unable or unwilling to comply. and
- After adequate alternative protection is offered, the city must clear sidewalks, public roads and public spaces in the designated areas and enforce anti-camping laws.