Sanchez v. Caltrans (Homeless Rights)

Status: CLOSED

A lawsuit filed in 2016 on behalf of homeless Californians who challenged the destruction of their property including food, clothing, medical supplies, and family heirlooms during a series of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) sweeps between December 2014 and October 2019.

As a result of the suit, a historic settlement between Caltrans and the homeless people whose property was taken by Caltrans crews was reached where Caltrans established a $1.3 million fund to compensate people for the loss of destroyed property. In addition, Caltrans was required to adopt various policies designed to prevent future destruction of homeless people’s property, including posting the exact date they plan to conduct cleanup operations.

They were represented by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), ACLU of Northern California, and the law firm WilmerHale.