Motion to Restrict Encampments Sent Back to Homelessness and Poverty

December 17, 2020
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December 17, 2020 carli

Motion to Restrict Encampments Sent Back to Homelessness and Poverty

The Los Angeles City Council recently discussed a motion to ban homeless encampments within certain public rights-of-way and under freeway overpasses, limiting locations where homeless individuals can locate. The original motion gained both support and opposition, with many homeowners saying enforcement must happen immediately while various service providers and individuals stated that the motion was cruel and criminalized homelessness. The City Council chose to not vote on the motion, but to have a robust discussion on the severity of the homelessness issue and express their commitment to establish more temporary and permanent housing options. Councilpresident Nury Martinez referred the motion back to the Homelessness and Poverty Committee where amending motions may be considered. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce wrote a letter in support of the motion which can be read here.