Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the homeless in San Francisco have taken over the sidewalks in the Tenderloin District in close to 400 tents donated by nonprofit organizations. The purpose of the tents is to allow the poor and homeless to "shelter in place" as protection against the virus. But the effect is to block the sidewalks so that permanent residents, families and children cannot safely get to where they need to go — not to mention the danger to people in wheelchairs. On May 4th, 2020, Hastings College of the Law, the Tenderloin Merchants and Property Association, and several individuals filed a law suit against the City and County of San Francisco — in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The purpose is to clean the streets and make them safe again. The Tenderloin District is being used as a containment zone for undesirable behavior that would not be tolerated in any other part of the City.