Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Social Services fails to accommodate the most vulnerable mentally or developmentally disabled homeless people applying for subsistence benefits under General Relief. Not only are those who need help the most not receiving it, the bureaucratic system and complicated application process also violate federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities.
Tim Laraway, Los Angeles Catholic Worker, Independent Living Center of Southern California, and Housing Works have filed suit in federal court to stop these discriminatory practices. These clients are represented by Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), Western Center on Law and Poverty, Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC), and Morrison & Foerster LLP.
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), Western Center on Law & Poverty (WCLP)