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Firm Secures Landmark Preliminary Injunction Requiring City and County of Los Angeles to House LA’s Homeless

April 20, 2021 – Today, on behalf of its client, plaintiff L.A. Alliance for Human Rights, the Firm secured an historic preliminary injunction from Judge David O. Carter of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, requiring defendants City and County of Los Angeles to act on homelessness. In his sweeping 110-page order, Judge Carter ordered the City and County to offer shelter or housing to every person living on Skid Row within 180 days, and to place $1 billion in escrow to be used for homelessness efforts in the rest of the city. The Court is also requiring an audit of all funds intended to aid homeless persons in Los Angeles and an immediate assessment of all government-owned land potentially available for housing and sheltering people experiencing homelessness.

“I am thrilled that we achieved this victory not only for our client, but for our community. The Court’s historic, decisive action on homelessness marks a turning point in the effort to end the humanitarian crisis in our city,” said Partner Matthew Umhofer. “I am immensely proud of the team that worked tirelessly on this case, particularly Elizabeth Mitchell, who pioneered this first-of-its kind lawsuit.”

Read Judge Carter’s order here . The preliminary injunction has received broad press coverage. Coverage includes: