Demonstrators Voice Opposition to Regulation of Group Homes
LOS ANGELES (KTLA) – Hundreds of people rallied outside City Hall Wednesday to call for the city council to vote “no” on an ordinance that would add regulation to group homes.
The Community Care Facilities Ordinance (CCFO) was written by Councilman Mitch Englander, who says it is needed to stem the issue overcrowded homes.
After a two-hour discussion, the city council decided to put the vote on hold and revisit the issue in 90 days.
Neighbors have claimed that the unregulated group homes are plagued by drug use and violence. But the demonstrators call Englander’s proposed ordinance discriminatory, arguing that it would be a threat to affordable housing.
Wednesday’s demonstrators were part of a citywide coalition of 151 organizations representing business, labor, faith, poor, veterans, disabled, and homeless.
“CCFO wants to shut us down. We have nowhere else to go. They’re going to put us in the street,” said Victoria Garcia, 24, who is homeless college student.
Garcia said if CCFO passing, she will not have a place to sleep.
“If you enact this motion, what you will do is dive the people onto the street,” another demonstrator said.
Inside the chambers, members of the city council heard from numerous critics.
“Many working families, especially veterans will be negatively impacted if it is implemented,” one woman said.
While many were there in opposition, there were some present in support of CCFO.
“This is an issue of dehumanizing human beings by having unregulated facilities,” said Maria Fisk, who supports the ordinance.