Caltrans agrees to pay $2 million for destroying homeless people’s property

By Sam Lew : 48hills – excerpt

Deal would also set new rules for sweeps on state lands.

In a civil rights victory, Caltrans will pay $2 million for destroying homeless people’s property and will change procedures around homeless encampment evictions on Caltrans land.

The class-action lawsuit rests on the unjust seizure of personal property, a violation of the Fourth Amendment. The proposed settlement between Caltrans and homeless Californians includes a $1.3 million compensation fund for homeless people who lost property as a result of a sweep of their encampment…

“Money can never erase the damage Caltrans did. It can’t, it won’t,” said Elisa Della-Piana, legal director at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, the organization that represented homeless Californians in the class-action lawsuit. “The good news about this settlement is that it provides some statewide relief for everyone who is currently living on Caltrans land. The agency will have to follow basic protections.”…(more)

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