Why are they lying?
Below is a selection of direct correspondence with City Council members and PR they have put out on social media and in newsletters. The lack of communication and blatant lies demonstrate how they have failed to hold up their end of the bargain to collaborate and work with unhoused folks and community organizations.
Council District 11
Nobody from this encampment is receiving meals, medical services, or customized needs as the council member claims.
In fact, the "before" image shows the destroyed home of an unhoused man who was in the hospital undergoing an amputation at the time of the Inside Safe operation. A volunteer from Free Food Collective was driving him home from the hospital when LA Sanitation trashed all his belongings without his consent. Caseworkers on site said he had to be present at the encampment in order to exchange his tent for a hotel room.
Representatives from Council District 11 said they would make sure St. Joseph Center knew about his case, but his belongings were still trashed without his consent. He screamed and jumped out of the car when he got home to see all his stuff gone.
Also these hotel rooms are supposedly good until the people are permanently housed, but there are no written contracts and what are the rules?"
Inside Safe is NOT voluntary.
The Mayor’s claim that Inside Safe is voluntary is completely false. The tactics they use make the program anything but voluntary: having police at Inside Safe operations, scheduling brutal sweeps to destroy unhoused people’s items at the operations, forcing participants to exchange a tent for a hotel room in an unknown location, boarding a bus without any clue where it’s taking you, and criminalizing the encampment space after the sweep is over with laws like 41.18. A program is not voluntary if unhoused people are left to speculate about the myriad potentially deadly consequences of declining to enter Inside Safe including being labeled as “service resistant,” losing access to existing services they rely on, and police violence. This isn’t voluntary. It’s inhumane. During our press conference on Monday, many unhoused Angelenos bravely spoke up about these experiences and more. It’s deeply inappropriate to downplay the experiences they shared and unacceptable to cast their real-lived experiences as “institutional problems.” Several people spoke up about not receiving any of the services and care the Mayor has claimed, over and over again, that Inside Safe is providing. We do not accept these blatant lies.