Homeless settlement reached tentatively in L.A.

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first_imgEnding a contentious lawsuit that brought the city’s efforts to deal with the homeless at Skid Row into question, the Los Angeles City Council and the American Civil Liberties Union reached a tentative settlement Tuesday that will allow the homeless to remain on city streets overnight. Under terms of the settlement described by officials, a “10-foot rule” is to be put into place prohibiting the homeless from sitting, lying or sleeping within that distance from any business or residential entrance. At the same time, police will be prohibited from arresting the homeless between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. if they are in any other location. The agreement will remain in effect until the city builds 1,250 new units of affordable housing, including 50 percent of them on Skid Row. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityOfficials with the city and the ACLU said they would not comment on the agreement. The original court ruling last year determined the city’s law banning the homeless from sitting, sleeping or lying on public sidewalks was unconstitutional. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the city had failed to provide enough shelter beds for the homeless and it was illegal to arrest them when there was no other place for them to go. The ruling prompted the city to allocate funds for an additional 500 beds even as it stepped up its enforcement effort for other crimes with a Safer Cities Initiative that resulted in a crackdown on drug dealing and other crimes within the Skid Row area. The council had rejected previous settlement offers that would have blocked police from making arrests during the day or establish an encampment area in one part of Skid Row. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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