City Council

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by Andrew Weber

At homelessness forum, Council members challenge fears and ‘urban myths’ about shelters, revised law

Austin’s mayor and members of City Council tried to allay fears about the city’s revised rules on homelessness and its push to expand shelter space, at a forum hosted by the Downtown Austin Alliance.The brunt of Wednesday’s discussion focused on…

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Austin looks to limit camping and resting in public as it pursues housing-first solutions

The Austin City Council provided some clarity Tuesday over where it will limit camping and resting in public, as well as its overall strategy to boost citywide, housing-focused initiatives and investments.Council members heard a briefing from city staff on a…

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Debates continue over impacts, enforcement of new homelessness ordinances

Recent changes to ordinances covering camping and soliciting by homeless people continue to be a hot topic of debate at city meetings, with residents and special interest groups pushing for a reversal to the June vote, or significant changes in…

Thursday, August 1, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Council action would pave the way for $30M in private dollars to house the homeless

A resolution slated for consideration at next week’s City Council meeting could pave the way for foundations and other private sector entities to contribute to the estimated $30 million annual cost to provide housing for the city’s homeless population.The resolution…

Thursday, July 25, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Solution to boost revenue for transit leads to broad debate over city signage policy

The Austin City Council will be considering limited exceptions to a city ban on off-premise advertising at its Aug. 22 meeting in order to allow Austin public schools and the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority to display simple, non-electronic advertisements at…

Friday, June 21, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

City code to allow camping, solicitation, sitting in public areas, with conditions

City Council approved an ordinance early Friday morning amending city code to decriminalize certain behaviors that are often necessary consequences of living in homelessness.The changes mean that city policies prohibiting sitting, lying down and camping in public areas will only…

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