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As you may know, when our constitution was being developed, it was decided to institutionalize three branches of government to make the laws and rules of order that affect our communities. It was decided that the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judicial branches of government are all important aspects of keeping the power out of the hands of only one ruling group.
Lately, the judicial branch has had a vast impact across the country on how cities can enforce laws when dealing with homeless populations. To further confuse things, there are also times when a decision made by a court ruling in a different state can set a legal precedent on how other municipal authorities may enforce laws within their own local jurisdictions. If local authorities are not otherwise paying attention to these rulings, they risk having costly court battles at tax payer expense that would only wind up in the same outcome.
Our Long Beach City Attorney and City Prosecutor are both elected into their positions by the community and they both help to determine what impacts other court rulings may have on our own local jurisdictions and what their offices can do in response to those decisions in terms of giving legal guidance and pursuing legal actions.
Most of these recent court rulings surround the applicability of the Eighth Amendment to our homeless populations under constitutional law. Under the Eighth Amendment, our U.S. Constitution states: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”

Martin v. City of Boise

Mitchell v. City of Los Angeles

  • A case settled by the L.A. City Council filed by four homeless residents who claimed that police officers had confiscated and destroyed their personal possessions without due process.

Lyall v. County of Denver

As these legal restrictions are decided, Long Beach City departments continue to update our own procedural processes to account for the changes. We also continue to seek alternate/creative solutions to help with the underlying root cause of homelessness while maintaining best practices for the health and safety of our surrounding communities.

State & County Interjurisdictional Areas

Caltrans: I-405 and I-605 Freeways on/off Ramps 

Public Works of Los Angeles County: County Flood Control Areas, San Gabriel River (SGR) & Los Coyotes Creek (LCC) LAPW

State & County Representatives

Supervisor Janice Hahn, LA County 4th District 

Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell, AD 70 Assembly District 

Senator Lena Gonzalez, SD 33 Senate District 

Senator Tom Umberg, SD 34 Senate District 

More Resources

Homeless Initiative, Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative

U.S Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentHUD

  • Los Angeles Field Office, 213-894-8000
  • Laurie Cannady Udit, Field Office Director
  • Website

Multi-Service Center, Long Beach

  • Phone: 562-570-4500dhhs logo
  • Street Outreach Hotline: 562-570-4MSC (672)
  • Website

Growing Our Shelter Capacity

City Operates Shelters

  • Atlantic Farms Bridge Housing Community at 6841-6845 Atlantic Ave (125 beds)
  • Emergency Shelters (125 beds total):EH_LB

Hotel & Motel Conversions

Addtionally, the City Health Department is also partnering with local hotel/motel operators to secure rooms as needed for additional temporary lodging services due to housing insecurity and health risks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic: