The city is seeking a court order to close a church home for unwed mothers, because, city officials say, the building housing 20 women and children is unsafe and a fire hazard.
In Downey Municipal Court on Tuesday, the city filed 10 criminal misdemeanor charges against the home owned by the Confirmed Word Faith Center, said City Prosecutor Martin Mayer.
The charges allege violations of the city's municipal, fire, health and building codes, including citations for operating a business in a residential zone, operating without a business license, failure to provide beds for all of the home's residents, and a lack of fire walls, smoke detectors, sufficient toilet facilities and proper exits, Mayer said.
The city prosecutor said some of the residents are sleeping on mattresses. He added that city officials have repeatedly warned the church's pastor, Al Howard, that the home was in violation of numerous city ordinances.