On Tuesday, November 24, the L.A. City Council will meet to discuss proposed amendments to Los Angeles Municipal Code 41.18 and 56.11 which stand to further criminalize homelessness in Los Angeles.

We are calling on our partners and supporters to submit written public comment by Tuesday, November 24 at 10 am. Please follow the instructions below.

  1. Visit https://cityclerk.lacity.org/publiccomment/?cfnumber=20-1376.
  2. Fill out your Name and Email Address.
  3. Confirm that 20-1376 is entered under Council File Number.
  4. Copy and paste the script below in Comments for Public Posting. We encourage you to personalize your message.
  5. Click Submit.

Thank you for your support. Below, please find the public comment script.

I am writing in strong opposition to Item #24.

Pushing people from one public space to another does not end homelessness; it actually makes it harder for my unhoused neighbors to come inside. Additionally, all people have an equal right to access public spaces, and no one should arbitrarily be banned from large sections of the city. If we are going to address unsheltered homelessness in any real way, the council should engage in discussions on housing and shelter availability, public health and mitigating the spread of COVID-19, and how to engage with people experiencing homelessness beyond the use of law enforcement. This motion and draft ordinance–and the reckless speed with which it is being pushed through council–undermines that discussion and possibility.

As outreach workers and homeless service providers work tirelessly to move those most vulnerable to COVID-19 into permanent housing, this proposal conflicts with those efforts and depends on a currently nonexistent housing supply while misusing our financial resources, and jeopardizing the health and safety of those most in need of being inside. The guidance of the Departments of Public Health and Health Services has been for everyone to shelter in-place and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the homeless population. This is especially true now as we are seeing the highest increase in the rates of cases since the pandemic began.

I urge the council to vote NO on this motion and instead focus these conversations and solutions on how we create more immediate access to housing and shelter resources in every neighborhood so that our unhoused neighbors can come safely indoors.