Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Judge blocks San Francisco from moving out of camp

SAN FRANCISCO ( Associated Press) – A federal judge temporarily blocked San Francisco from evictions at homeless camps, saying the city violated its own rules by failing to find alternative shelters for those affected. .

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Oakland District Judge Donna M. Ryu agreed to an emergency order filed Friday night that prevents officials from removing tents and confiscating belongings of homeless people.

The decision comes in response to a lawsuit filed by the homeless, which seeks to restrain the municipality from dismantling the encroachments until thousands of beds are obtained in alternative shelters.

Rieu cited evidence presented by the plaintiffs that the municipality regularly and illegally denied the camp occupants alternative shelter before evicting them with their possessions, including cell phones, medications, identity documents and even prostheses. failed.

“The City’s arguments are completely unconvincing,” the judge declared.

In a statement the Mayor of London Breed condemned the decision.

The mayor said, “Mayors can’t run their cities like this.” “We already have very few tools to deal with the cases of mental illness that we see on our streets. Now we are being told that we cannot use any other tools to bring people indoors. and keep our neighborhood safe and clean for our residents.”

He said that many people are “denied aid or already have shelter” and that they only use the camps to “sell drugs, human trafficking and other illegal activities”.

City lawyers insist that current policies balance homeless rights with the community’s need for clean and accessible public spaces. In court documents, they said homeless people receive adequate notice of eviction actions, are offered help and shelter and are asked to leave the camp only after rejecting offers to live elsewhere.

But the judge showed evidence provided by the Coalition of the Homeless and seven plaintiffs, including academic analysis and detailed witness statements from several evictions over the past three years, showed that homeless people were denied personal items and evicted without a place to go. I went.

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