Austin

Monday, May 24, 2021 by Andrew Weber, KUT

Austin’s homeless population remained steady during pandemic, survey shows

Austin’s homeless population has remained steady since last year, according to the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition’s annual count. All told, this year’s count found 3,160 people were experiencing homelessness in Austin, ECHO says. The agency says 2,238 people were unsheltered,…

Friday, May 21, 2021 by Amy Smith

Big-picture look at homelessness downtown shows challenges ahead

A cross-section of representatives briefed the Downtown Commission on Wednesday about an ambitious suite of strategies underway to house unsheltered individuals in Austin. Their message was clear: The city and its partners are doing an enormous amount of work toward providing…

Thursday, May 20, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Vote would fund new family violence shelter

At today’s meeting, Austin City Council members plan to award a contract for up to $8.1 million over four years to the SAFE Alliance to manage and provide services at a city-owned shelter for those experiencing domestic violence or sexual…

Thursday, May 20, 2021 by Andrew Weber, KUT

Austin to loosen Covid vaccine, distancing rules for live music and events

Austin’s live music and arts scenes have been hurting in the pandemic. But as more and more Central Texans get vaccinated and Covid-related hospitalizations wane, the city known for live music is priming itself for a return to relative normalcy. As part…

Thursday, May 20, 2021 by Elizabeth Pagano

Ethics commissioners dismiss complaint against Harper-Madison

An ethics complaint against Mayor Pro Tem Natasha Harper-Madison was automatically dismissed Wednesday, May 12, after the Ethics Review Commission failed to reach a majority six votes on a motion to postpone or a separate motion to dismiss.  The latter…

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Early list of potential campsites for the homeless causes stir

City Council weighed in Tuesday on an initial list of 45 city-owned properties that could potentially serve as campsites for people experiencing homelessness, embarking on the logistically and politically fraught process of deciding whether to establish a campsite in each…

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