Skid Row Scandal

As we all know times are hard and only getting harder.If you think it is hard maintaining a house and not knowing if your going to be able to make next months rent, try being homeless and not knowing if your gonna be able to come back to what you consider home after a stroll in the park. This is a struggle that many homeless people are dealing within Skid Row. Los Angeles has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow police and city workers to seize or destroy property that homeless people leave unattended on sidewalks, saying Skid Row homeless encampments presented a public-health risk. According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health,it is a health issue. Department of Public Health states that 11 people have died from tuberculosis since 2007, and of the 78 people infected, 60 were homeless. The city had removed property left unattended on sidewalks hoping to start a clean up and prevent a bigger health outbreak, it backfired however when eight homeless Skid Row residents sued in 2011 to stop the practice. The Skid Row Residents that sued the city said that police and city workers had took or destroyed their medication, family memorabilia , birth certificates and other valuable and cherished items that were once in their belongings.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that found the city may not take homeless people’s property under provisions of the U.S. Constitution that protect against unreasonable search and seizure and uphold the right to due process before being deprived of property.Homeless encampments in Los Angeles remain a day-to-day concern for city officials.