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Judge orders LA to offer housing to homeless people by October


A federal judge in California has requested Los Angeles to offer housing to its homeless population on Skid Row by October.

In a 110-page order on Tuesday, Judge David Carter ordered the city and county officials of Los Angeles to offer housing to the general population on Skid Row within 180 days, which would be by Oct. 18.

The city and county also stated they have to offer housing to unaccompanied women and children on Skid Row by July 19 and unaccompanied families by Aug. 18.

In his extensive page order, Carter blasted the city's inability to properly address proper care for its homeless population as well as the impact it has had on the town.

"There can be no defense to the indefensible. For all the declarations of success that we are fed, citizens themselves see the heartbreaking misery of the homeless and the degradation of their City and County," Carter wrote. "Los Angeles has lost its parks, beaches, schools, sidewalks, and highway systems due to the inaction of City and County officials who have left our homeless citizens with no other place to turn."

The declaration came a day after Mayor Eric Garcetti revealed his plan to spend $1 billion to fight homelessness in the city.

Garcetti didn't provide much of a statement on order during a press conference Tuesday because he wanted more time to read the declaration.

However, he noted that Carter's timeline would be an "unprecedented pace" for the city to tackle its homelessness issue.