“The Homeless Court (HC) program was created by the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, the Los Angeles Public Defender’s Office and advocates for the homeless including Public Counsel and the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA).
This program helps impoverished individuals with a history of homelessness to clear tickets and warrants for minor offenses such as traffic tickets, infractions, and various minor misdemeanors including jaywalking, riding the metro without a fare, sleeping in public places, illegal use of shopping carts, possession of an open container of alcohol in public, obstructing traffic on the sidewalk, sleeping on a bus bench, as well as any warrants that arise for failure to resolve these offenses.”-www.ladpss.org
THE LOS ANGELES HOMELESS COURT
Office of the City Attorney Public Counsel Law Center
Assistant City Attorney Alan Dahle 601 South Ardmore
Maria Elena Reyes Branch Los Angeles, CA 90005
312 South Hill Street, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90013
These are the two addresses you need, in addition to the application form found at http://www.publiccounsel.org/overview/homelessapp.pdf . <- don't use this one
– personal note: I have seen this program in action and it actually works! The warrants and tickets can be emotionally damaging , especially when you don’t have the funds to pay them off. I have also seen the LAPD use the fact that people have unpaid tickets as a means to intimidate them. Clearing these tickets for folks who are already in a jam, and are working their way out of difficult times – it is the proactive thing to do.