HHR Poll: Broad Voter Support for Judge’s Directives on Homelessness in Injunction Against Los Angeles

In Featured, News by Ged Kenslea

HHR: New Poll Suggests Popular Support for Judge Carter’s Directives in Injunction Against Los Angeles on Homelessness; also Offers Early Voter Sentiment on L.A. Mayoral Election Matchups

Zoom Press Conference: Thursday, April 29th, 1:00 p.m. PT

Poll topics included: How the City is handling homelessness? Where homelessness ranks in the context of other issues? Homeless housing solutions?  Cost of homeless housing? Poll also included section on theoretical head-to-head matchups of potential candidates for the 2022 City of Los Angeles mayoral race 

LOS ANGELES (April 28, 2021) Housing Is A Human Right (HHR), the housing advocacy arm of AHF, will share results from new polling it conducted on homelessness in Los Angeles, the City’s response as well as voters’ thoughts on alternative housing models and solutions to address the problems.  The poll found homelessness remains the dominant concern for L.A. voters and suggests popular support for directives Federal District Court Judge David O. Carter issued in his injunction against the City and County of Los Angeles and their homeless housing solutions.

Results will be shared and discussed in a Zoom press teleconference Thursday, April 29th at 1:00 p.m. PT( press and media registration link , also in table below. The event will also be livestreamed on HHR’s YouTube channel (link) for general viewing). The poll also included questions on theoretical head-to-head matchups of potential candidates for the 2022 City of Los Angeles mayoral race.

WHAT:                   VIRTUAL PRESS CONFERENCE on HOMELESS ISSUE: Housing Is A Human Right and pollster Paul Goodwin to share results on voter sentiments for models of addressing homelessness and housing; early poll assessments of potential head-to-head matchups of potential and declared L.A. mayoral candidates and voter sentiment on Judge David Carter’s directives and findings on homelessness in the injunction against Los Angeles City and County.

WHEN:                   Thursday, April 29, 2021 – 1:00 p.m.  PT

HOW:                     You are invited to a Zoom webinar/press conference.

Register in advance for this webinar:

Zoom PRESS & MEDIA registration link:


PRESS NOTE:             After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


  • Susie Shannon,Policy Director, Housing Is A Human Right
  • Paul Goodwin, pollster, Goodwin Simon Strategic Research
  • Ged Kenslea, moderator, AHF Communications


MEDIA CONTACT: Ged Kenslea, AHF Communications, 323.791.5526 mobile [email protected]

The poll, which was conducted by respected pollster Paul Goodwin of Goodwin Simon Strategic Research, posed questions that had never been asked, yielding some surprising responses from Los Angeles voters. It suggests broad support for alternative, faster and more economic ideas to address homeless housing such as those proposed in Judge Carter’s injunction. However, it is noteworthy that the poll, of 500 registered voters who live in the City of Los Angeles (done in English and Spanish) was conducted between April 13 and April 18, 2021—two days BEFORE Judge Carter issued his injunction against the City and County on April 20, 2021.

Key findings of the Goodwin Simon poll include:

  • Very strong support for proposals to build more housing for the unhoused
  • A large majority supports requiring developers to set aside 35% or 50% of new housing units for rental at affordable rates (77% and 71% respectively).
  • When it comes to placements in temporary housing, voters believe the higher priority should be the unhoused who are mentally or physically ill and living on the street
  • Most L.A. voters (and in particular Black and Latino voters) also show compassion towards the unhoused, with 54% blaming rising rents and inadequate wages over poor personal choices (31%) as the primary cause of homelessness


According to the Los Angeles Times, Judge Carter has been accused of ‘judicial overreach’ by some elected officials and housing advocates. However, voters agree with him on many issues.

Since late 2017, AHF, Housing Is A Human Right and AHF’s Healthy Housing Foundation have been advocating for the homeless as well as creating housing for extremely-low-income individuals and the formerly homeless. It deploys many of the alternative models of more affordable housing that Judge Carter suggests including adaptive reuse of older SRO hotels and motels and construction of less costly prefabricated housing units. AHF’s Healthy Housing Foundation now has ten residential buildings across Greater Los Angeles providing 1,023 housing units.

AHF’s housing and homeless advocacy was cited as a source in a federal lawsuit on the homeless issue. In his April 20th injunction, Judge Carter quoted AHF as follows:

“Michael Weinstein, President of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, commented on the potential uses of that money, saying ‘the federal money coming to Los Angeles presents a tremendous opportunity for L.A. to finally and meaningfully end our homeless crisis. However, we need Mayor Garcetti and the Council to act deliberately—and swiftly—to end the crisis here once and for all.'” (ruling pp #50-51, footnote #305).                                                                                 


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