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Firm Client LA Alliance For Human Rights Reaches Settlement with City of Los Angeles, Resulting in Commitment to Provide More Housing

April 1, 2022—Firm client LA Alliance for Human Rights announced a settlement in its landmark lawsuit against the City and County of Los Angeles. The City has agreed to spend at least $2 billion over the next few years to open enough beds to accommodate 60 percent of the city’s unhoused population and to regulate public spaces in a humane and equitable manner. That number will increase depending on the 2022 point-in-time count of homeless individuals, once those numbers are released.

The Firm reached this settlement after obtaining a 110-page permanent injunction from U.S. District Judge David O. Carter. In his order, Judge Carter ordered the City and County of Los Angeles to offer shelter to every person living on Skid Row within 180 days and to place $1 billion in escrow to be used for efforts to combat homelessness in the rest of the city. The Firm litigated Judge Carter’s order at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and ultimately reached this settlement with the City and County.

“We’re thrilled to have reached this historic settlement with the City of Los Angeles, and proud of the tireless efforts of the LA Alliance and my colleagues at Spertus, Landes & Umhofer,” said Firm Partner Elizabeth A. Mitchell. Mitchell explained, “The settlement agreement requires the City to provide shelter and housing to unhoused Angelenos on a deadline-driven, judicially enforced schedule. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the City will get thousands of people into housing and shelter in the near- and medium-term, and off the streets where it is dangerous and unhealthy. This will have a tangible, positive impact on the unhoused and on everyone who lives and works in Los Angeles.”

The settlement has received broad press coverage, including:

· Los Angeles Times: L.A. will shelter more homeless people to end major lawsuit. But how many?

· Los Angeles Daily News: Homeless lawsuit: LA City officials promise more beds, housing; county not on board with settlement

· KPCC: City of LA, Plaintiffs Settle Long-Running Homelessness Lawsuit. Where Do We Go From here?

· CNN: City of Los Angeles agrees to provide thousands of beds in homelessness crisis lawsuit settlement

· Associated Press: Los Angeles agrees to settle lawsuit over homeless crisis

· ABC 7: LA Settles Homeless Suit, Plans to Build 16,000 Units of Housing

KTLA 5: Los Angeles agrees to settle homelessness lawsuit