Orange County Catholic Worker Homeless Lawsuit

Orange County, Anaheim, Orange, and Costa Mesa, have taken actions to force unhoused people into the area of the Santa Ana Riverbed between the Santa Ana Freeway and Ball Road. Now, the County is taking steps to push those people back... Read more
Orange County, Anaheim, Orange, and Costa Mesa, have taken actions to force unhoused people into the area of the Santa Ana Riverbed between the Santa Ana Freeway and Ball Road. Now, the County is taking steps to push those people back into the surrounding cities without a plan for housing or shelter. The failure, if not the outright refusal, of Orange County and its cities to adopt positive measures to address the housing crisis and the willingness to criminalize the mere act of existing in public spaces takes a toll on the County’s most vulnerable people. At every opportunity the County and its cities have invested in enforcement instead of housing, blaming other entities for the problem, and leaving unhoused people nowhere to turn, nowhere to live, and nowhere to sleep. Read less
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June 13, 2020

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Enforcement of Public Nuisance Laws

1. On all County properties, and in County unincorporated areas, the County will lead the engagement of those indigent homeless individuals inhabiting areas open to the public with Orange County Health Care Agency Outreach and Engagement personnel. Outreach and Engagement... Read more

Enforcement of Public Nuisance Laws

1. On all County properties, and in County unincorporated areas, the County will lead the engagement of those indigent homeless individuals inhabiting areas open to the public with Orange County Health Care Agency Outreach and Engagement personnel. Outreach and Engagement personnel will determine appropriate placements for the indigent homeless persons and the availability of said placements...

Development of Standards of Care 

3. The County will adopt "Standards of Care" for its homeless services programs to ensure that program eligibility, rules, and services are clearly communicated to program participants, and shall take steps to ensure that said County homeless services programs incorporate applicable disability and due process protections.

Due Process Protections 

7. The County will ensure appropriate due process protocols, including a timely and effective administrative appeals process, for homeless individuals being denied access to, or being terminated from County-administered mental health services, shelter, or housing resources....

Building an Effective Continuum of Care 

23. The County agrees to consider and, where feasible, utilize, evidence-based best practices in the sheltering of indigent homeless persons, including Trauma Informed Care, Housing First, and Harm Reduction. 

24. The parties will negotiate in good faith regarding how to implement evidence-based best practices in sheltering indigent homeless persons. 


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January 29, 2018

WHEREFORE, Plaintiffs pray as follows:

1. For a temporary restraining order, preliminary and permanent injunction, enjoining and restraining Defendant Orange County from limiting the hours or otherwise closing the Santa Ana Riverbed bike path for any purpose, including maintenance, until an... Read more

January 29, 2018

WHEREFORE, Plaintiffs pray as follows:

1. For a temporary restraining order, preliminary and permanent injunction, enjoining and restraining Defendant Orange County from limiting the hours or otherwise closing the Santa Ana Riverbed bike path for any purpose, including maintenance, until an alternative location is provided for the 800-1200 homeless people currently there.

2. For a temporary restraining order, preliminary and permanent injunction, enjoining and restraining Defendant Orange County from citing individuals for trespassing or nuisance in the Santa Ana Riverbed under Penal Code Sections 602 & 555, for nuisance based on the presence of themselves and/or their property under Penal Code Sections 370 and 372 and absent an actual obstruction of the Riverbed or the trail, and from enforcing County of Orange Ordinance §2-5-95.

3. For a temporary restraining order, preliminary and permanent injunction, enjoining and restraining Defendants City of Anaheim, City of Costa Mesa, and City of Orange from citing or arresting individuals for violations of camping laws, including Anaheim Municipal Code 11.10, Orange Municipal Code §12.66.030, Costa Mesa Municipal Code §11-304, and/or County of Orange Ordinance §2-5-95.4. For a temporary restraining order, preliminary and permanent injunction, enjoining and restraining Defendant City of Anaheim from enforcing its loitering ordinance, §7.28.010.

5. For a temporary restraining order, preliminary and permanent injunction, enjoining and restraining Defendants City of Anaheim, City of Costa Mesa, and City of Orange from stopping and detaining homeless individuals without probable cause and from threatening homeless persons with tickets or citations if they continue to be present in public space in that city.

6. For a declaratory judgment that Defendant’s policies, practices and conduct as alleged herein violate Plaintiffs’ rights under the United States and California constitutions and the laws of California;

7. For damages to the individual plaintiffs in an amount to be determined according to proof based on their federal claims only;

8. For costs of suit and attorney fees as provided by law;

9. For such other relief as the Court deems just and proper.

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