Los Angeles’ homelessness crisis cannot be managed or mitigated, it must come to an end. Letting three people die everyday on our sidewalks is not compassion – it’s cruel. This lawsuit, and the collaborative process that it has unleashed, is the best opportunity we have had in years to solve our homeless crisis.
– Don Steier, Chair, LA Alliance for Human Rights
"[O]ur holding does not cover individuals who do have access to adequate temporary shelter, whether because they have the means to pay for it or because it is realistically available to them for free, but who choose not to use it."
– Martin v City of Boise, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal
Within homeless encampments, where violent crimes are more frequent than ever, mental illness and substance abuse can be endemic.
– Los Angeles Times, Oct 22, 2021
[T]he plaintiffs, quite frankly, have been in our office, and we've talked to them, and we wanted to work toward addressing this issue. So I don't view this as us against them because we're all in this together. And working with all of our 87 other cities along with L.A. city is what L.A. County is committed to do.
I don't view the people that got us here today in an adversarial way. In fact, I admire their courage for stepping forward.
– Kathryn Barger, Chair, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
“I have lived here my entire life. I have never seen this city so dirty, so rudderless”
– Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
"[W]e all understand that this is a first step in a long road to try to resolve this issue with the partnership of the county and the city."
– Nury Martinez, President, Los Angeles City Council