Two major legal issues complicate what Huntington Beach can do to respond to this challenge.
Martin v. City of Boise “Court: Cities can’t prosecute people for sleeping on streets” (AP – Sept 4, 2018)
U.S. Federal Court rules that cities have limited ability to enforce anti-camping laws unless they are able to offer nighttime beds for vulnerable citizens.
Orange County Federal Judge David O. Carter
Established the requirements under the Martin v. Boise case for Orange County. Said cities must have available shelter beds for 60% of their homeless population – as many as 174 beds per night in HB – before they can enforce anti-camping and anti-vagrancy ordinances.
The Courts have spoken: to enable our Police Department to enforce rules protecting our quality of life, HB must build a shelter.
A Look Back At How Huntington Beach Has Been ADDRESSING Homelessness
Breaking News: Governor’s Announcements Are A Game-Changer For Cities
“…requires state agencies to take urgent and immediate action…to make available state properties and facilities to rapidly increase housing and shelter options.” (Governor’s Announcement – Jan 8, 2020)
Includes a proposed $1 billion to fight homelessness in 2020-21 Governor’s Budget
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