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VICTORY! The U.S. 9th Circuit Court Affirms Tenant Protections in Los Angeles

In a ruling that preserved decades of jurisprudence, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled with the City of Los Angeles and intervenors Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment Action (ACCE) and Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) that the emergency housing protections put in place in 2020 at the start of the COVID pandemic in Los Angeles are just. 

Faizah Malik, Senior Staff Attorney in the Community Development Project reacted to the decision. 

“Today’s decision from the 9th circuit rightly defers to the City of Los Angeles on how to best protect its tenants, with ordinances that have prevented thousands of people from becoming homeless during the pandemic. We cannot deny the importance of housing in service of our public health goals and will continue to fight to help keep Angelenos stably housed and back on their feet with rental assistance.”

Rohit Nath, Associate at Susman Godfrey who argued on behalf of intervenors in front of the 9th circuit described the decision as affirming. 

“We are pleased the Ninth Circuit reaffirmed the fundamental principle that local governments are empowered to protect the health and welfare of their residents by enacting common sense measures in the midst of a global pandemic. This important and timely decision is supported by more than a century of Supreme Court precedent. Today’s ruling will undoubtedly protect thousands of residents in the City of Los Angeles as they work to recover from the economic hardships of this difficult time." 

You can read the decision HERE.