Skid Row homelessness: Why the 9th Circuit Court overturned a local federal judge’s ruling

A homeless encampment sits along Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Photo by Amy Ta/KCRW

Homelessness might be the biggest crisis the next LA mayor will have to face. A federal judge made waves in April when he ordered the city and county to offer temporary shelter or permanent housing to everyone living on Skid Row by October. A month later, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals put that deadline on hold so the city and county could appeal. Now the 9th Circuit has overturned the judge’s ruling entirely, stating he overstepped his bounds. 

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