Outside of court, the parties reached an agreement on behalf of people experiencing homelessness that requires the City to stop using a warehouse as a homeless shelter by June 5th, to no longer store lawn equipment, vehicles and hazardous materials in the garage, and to no longer use the Forestry Division's buildings as a place for human habitation.
The City has also promised to reduce the homeless population in the Weed Control building to zero by moving residents to safe, habitable shelter or housing.
"The lawsuit filed by Arch City and SLU Law Clinic was frivolous and changed nothing. The City always planned to close the temporary shelter in the Forestry building in June. That was true before the lawsuit was filed and it was true after the suit was filed. The City simply stated what it always intended to do.
"The temporary shelters were established by the City to accommodate those who might need shelter after the New Life Evangelistic Center shelter closed on April 2. The City has successfully accommodated those individuals and others, without incident. The City provides access to an array of public services for the homeless, professional staff and a significant upgrade in the quality of conditions, as compared to NLEC.
"If Arch City Defenders and SLU Law Clinic truly care about improving conditions for the homeless, we'd hope they'd look to other jurisdictions that fail to provide for individuals experiencing homelessness.
"It also raises the question of why Arch City was silent when NLEC was concentrating hundreds of people into a bedbug-infested shelter with no professional staff, an inadequate fire suppression system, and an unsanitary encampment and K-2 synthetic drug epidemic outside its front door."
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