Judge Orders Los Angeles to House Every Homeless Person on Skid Row by Oct. 18


In an injunction that labeled California’s homeless crisis an illustration of racism at work, a federal judge has ordered that all of the homeless people living along Skid Row in Los Angeles be offered housing within six months.

The order from Judge David Carter gives the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles 90 days in which to offer housing to all single women and unaccompanied children on Skid Row. Families living along Skid Row must be offered housing with 120 days, while the city and county have until Oct. 18 to offer housing to everyone else on Skid Row, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Skid Row is home to about 4,600 homeless people, according to last year’s calculations, which is estimated to be about 10 percent of the city’s homeless population.

The order also requires the city to set aside $1 billion for projects that will help the homeless.

The order minces no words in venting Carter’s disgust with the plight of the homeless.

“There can be no defense to the indefensible. For all the declarations of success that we are fed, citizens themselves see the heartbreaking misery of the homeless and the degradation of their City and County,” he wrote.

“Los Angeles has lost its parks, beaches, schools, sidewalks, and highway systems due to the inaction of City and County officials who have left our homeless citizens with no other place to turn. All of the rhetoric, promises, plans, and budgeting cannot obscure the shameful reality of this crisis — that year after year, there are more homeless Angelenos, and year after year, more homeless Angelenos die on the streets,” he wrote.

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