Judge David O. Carter has order city officials in Los Angeles, California to find shelter for all unhoused residents on Skid Row. In a 110-page order, Carter highlights the city’s worsening housing crisis that has spread to nearly every neighborhood in the area.
“All of the rhetoric, promises, plans, and budgeting cannot obscure the shameful reality of this crisis — that year after year, there are more homeless Angelenos, and year after year, more homeless Angelenos die on the streets,” Carter wrote.
Carter’s ruling comes 24 hours after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti introduced a $1 billion plan to assist unhoused residents in find shelter. The federal judge demands that the funds be placed in escrow along with a detailed plan submitted to the court within one week. Adding on, Carter demands that the city’s auditor examines all funds that have been used to fight the city’s housing crisis in the past. While Los Angeles has agreed to fight its housing crisis, city officials have pushed backed against Carter’s ruling as they claim it goes well beyond what has been asked for.
“We’re now evaluating our options, including the possibility of an appeal,” Los Angeles County Attorney Skip Miller told NBC News.
Regardless of the pushback, the Carter’s ruling currently stands. As of now, the city of Los Angeles has six months to comply with Carter’s order.