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Case Name Chicago "Street Sweeps" Out-of-Court Settlement PN-IL-0018
Docket / Court NA ( No Court )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Policing
Case Summary
The City of Chicago adopted a new policy in January 2015 after the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the law firm of Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym challenged the city's practice of confiscating and destroying personal property, ... read more >
The City of Chicago adopted a new policy in January 2015 after the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the law firm of Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym challenged the city's practice of confiscating and destroying personal property, including sleeping bags and medicine.

For information on how the settlement came to be, and how it is being monitored, see these two articles.

Under the 2015 policy, the City of Chicago agreed to (1) protect the right of homeless persons to retain vital possessions free from seizure and disposal, and
(2) provide intensive case management and assistance to homeless persons.
Such services are to include social supports, job training, drug and alcohol treatment, and access to long-term housing.

The City of Chicago agreed to provide a predictable notice (at least 24-hour notice) of off-street cleaning, a process which will allow homeless persons to retain vital belongings with them on the street and avoid disposal by the police, Streets & Sanitation or other city agencies. Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services would lead the city’s contact with homeless people living on the street, informing them of the new policy and providing information about housing and services.

Susie Choi - 02/26/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Special Case Type
Out-of-court
Causes of Action
Defendant(s) City of Chicago
Plaintiff Description Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2015 - n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  New York City to Pay Up to $75 Million Over Dismissed Summonses
New York Times
Date: Jan. 23, 2017
By: Benjamin Weiser (New York Times)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Bravo v. Board of Commissioners of Dona Ana County
http://www.bazelon.org/
Date: 2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
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General Documents
City Policy and Procedures Governing Off-Street Cleaning
PN-IL-0018-0001.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 01/17/2015
Source: Plaintiffs' counsel

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