Tag Archives: homelessness

Friday, October 15, 2021 by Andrew Logan

City adopts resolution to expedite supportive housing for homeless

City Council adopted a resolution in September establishing an expedited review and prioritization program for residential developments that provide housing for the homeless.  Mayor Steve Adler sponsored the resolution, along with Council members Kathie Tovo, Ann Kitchen, Pio Renteria, and…

Friday, October 8, 2021 by Kali Bramble

Homeless Strategy Office gears up to launch second phase of HEAL initiative

Following the success of its pilot program this past summer, Austin’s Homeless Strategy Office is moving forward with its four-part plan to tackle the city’s homelessness crisis. Homeless Strategy Officer Dianna Grey briefed the Public Health Committee last Wednesday on…

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Report: City lacks complete list of homelessness agreements

The Office of the City Auditor reports that City Council initiated 47 resolutions, ordinances and other orders related to alleviating homelessness between September 2018 and May 2021. As a result of those directives, the city entered into at least 101 agreements, mostly…

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 by Seth Smalley

County pledges more than $100 million to eradicate homelessness in three years

On Tuesday, the Travis County Commissioners Court committed $110 million in federal funding toward housing the homeless. The money, sourced from a $247 million chunk of the American Rescue Plan Act funds designated for county assistance, will likely be administered…

Monday, September 13, 2021 by Kali Bramble

City’s HEAL team moves four encampments to bridge shelters

In the wake of the reinstated camping ban this past May, stakes have risen considerably for those at the helm of the effort to rehouse Austin’s homeless population. Nonetheless, Project HEAL – the Homeless Encampment Assistance Link – which City…

Thursday, August 26, 2021 by Jerry Quijano, KUT

Save Austin Now sues city, saying it isn’t fully enforcing ban on camping in public

The political action committee Save Austin Now and four business owners have filed a lawsuit against the city of Austin alleging it hasn’t been fully enforcing the ban on camping in public. Voters passed Proposition B in May. The petition-led initiative, organized…

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 by Allyson Ortegon, KUT

Williamson County to sue Austin over hotel for people transitioning out of homelessness

The Williamson County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to request a lawsuit be filed against the city of Austin for purchasing a Candlewood Suites hotel to house people transitioning out of homelessness. Austin’s plans for the Candlewood Suites, which is located…

Friday, August 6, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Designated campsite strategy remains in limbo 

On Thursday, City Council members had their most in-depth discussion about designated encampments for homeless people since voting unanimously to explore the strategy back in May. Still, much remains uncertain. Last week, Mayor Pro Tem Natasha Harper-Madison and Council Member…

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Council may abandon designated campsite strategy

City Council members Paige Ellis and Natasha Harper-Madison have announced that they will not support designated campsites for people experiencing homelessness, casting doubt on the viability of a strategy Council adopted in May. “After a week of extremely difficult conversations,…

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 by Andrew Weber, KUT

City says two sites could serve as temporary encampments for homeless Austinites

Austin has found two city-owned sites that could serve as camps for people living outdoors. One of the potential campsites is on Manor Road in East Austin and the other is on Convict Hill Road in South Austin, according to…

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

APD to issue citations beginning Sunday as part of Prop B enforcement

The Austin Police Department could begin issuing citations this Sunday, July 11, for camping, panhandling and resting in the public right of way in downtown, West Campus and part of East Austin – areas where such activities were allowed before…

Friday, July 2, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

City eyes two sites as finalists for homeless encampments

Two pieces of city-owned property have been identified as potential sites for homeless encampments, with an analysis of possible zoning issues preceding the disclosure of where the sites are located. The estimated cost of preparing the sites with the utilities…

Monday, June 28, 2021 by Andrew Weber, KUT

An Austin nonprofit is raising money to help make state homeless camp feel more like a neighborhood

For the better part of two years, the Esperanza Community in Southeast Austin has been home for many people experiencing homelessness. On any given day, roughly 150 people live and work on the weather-beaten, 5-acre blacktop owned by the Texas…

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

ZWAC looks to extend contract for encampment cleanups

Last week, the Zero Waste Advisory Commission voted unanimously to advance a contract extension with Relief Enterprise of Texas Inc., a contractor that has handled homeless encampment trash cleanup for the city around Interstate 35, U.S. Highway 183, Loop 1…

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 by Andrew Weber, KUT

Austin police officers clear homeless encampments around City Hall

Austin police officers on Monday cleared encampments around City Hall that were erected by people experiencing homelessness. The city said in a statement that officers were moving people from the corner of Guadalupe and Cesar Chavez streets for construction work. The…

Monday, June 14, 2021 by Andrew Weber, KUT

Austin police can start ticketing people for panhandling and camping or sitting in public

The Austin Police Department will begin enforcing a city ban on camping in public that was reinstated by Austin voters last month. Proposition B, the citizen-led effort to reinstate the rules, officially went into effect May 11, but the city adopted a staggered…

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Council to commit to ‘transformational’ homelessness spending – if others do too

City Council’s plan to spend a majority of the city’s share of American Rescue Plan Act money on homelessness is gaining traction, with a vote scheduled for Thursday to approve a spending framework for the $143.6 million in federal stimulus…

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 by Andrew Weber, KUT

City staff ask for more time, direction on Austin’s plan to set up homeless encampments

A preliminary plan to set up encampments on city-owned land in Austin has hit a snag. City Council directed city staffers to identify land for temporary camps last month after voters reinstated the ban on public encampments. The initial list was met with pushback, so…

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Espero at Rutland offers hope for the homeless

At next week’s meeting, City Council, acting as the board of directors of the Austin Housing Finance Corporation, is expected to approve funding for a 171-unit supportive housing development at 1934 Rutland Drive. In building and operating Espero at Rutland, AHFC…

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 by Andrew Weber, KUT

Black leaders say Austin’s list of proposed sites for homeless camps is inequitable

Black leaders in Austin called the city’s list of proposed sites for public encampments inequitable and criticized staffers for placing most of the locations east of Interstate 35. The group on Monday called for a revision of the plan, which…

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