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Judge finalizes settlement of LA City homelessness lawsuit; County talks remain

by Fred Shuster City News Service

A federal judge on Tuesday, June 14 gave final approval to a proposed settlement with the LA Alliance for Human Rights of Los Angeles, in which the city would pay $16,000 to develop 16,000-bed or housing units for the non-mentally ill. 3 billion will be spent. members of the homeless population.

US District Judge David Carter wrote that the parties requested that the court retain jurisdiction to enforce the terms of the settlement agreement for a period of five years. The agreement is “fair, fair and adequate”, he said.

“The settlement before the court was not achieved hastily – it was the result of lengthy and deliberate goodwill negotiations,” the judge wrote.

Carter said that the agreement “creates a structure and enforcement mechanism for the city to build a sufficient number of new beds for people experiencing homelessness. While the agreement is not a solution to homelessness, it will improve the lives of our neighbors.” A concrete step towards improving those who are currently suffering on the roads.”

The Los Angeles City Council voted 12-3 last month to approve the agreement.

Carter is overseeing a March 2020 lawsuit in which the LA Alliance—a coalition of downtown business owners and shelter and shelterless residents—accuses the city and county of Los Angeles of failing to do its part in addressing the homelessness crisis.

Co-defendant Los Angeles County did not participate in the settlement and has scheduled closed-door arbitration sessions in efforts to resolve its part of the suit.

Carter said in a hearing last week that in the two years the case is pending, he has seen efforts by the parties to address the homelessness problem not only in the Skid Row area but throughout the city and county.

Now “there are increasing efforts to get hundreds, not thousands, of people off the streets,” Carter said.

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