Tag Archives: homelessness

Friday, October 18, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Austin reinstates limited bans on camping and resting in public

The Austin City Council reinstated partial bans on camping, sitting and lying down in public on Thursday. After hours of debate, Council approved the new ordinance on a 7-4 vote.The city’s new rules ban camping, sitting and lying down within…

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council finds little common ground on camping ordinance

Still divided over the best way to manage camping in public spaces, City Council will consider an ordinance Thursday that aims to create structure around its policy without reverting to a blanket ban on camping in public.“We’d rather have people…

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Flannigan attacks, Tovo responds

On Tuesday, in the midst of a lengthy Council work session about how to construct a revised ordinance to prevent homeless people from camping on sidewalks and rights of way, Council Member Jimmy Flannigan launched into an anecdote about how…

Friday, October 11, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Austin’s homelessness czar steps down a month after her first day

A month after her first official day on the job, Austin’s homeless strategy officer, Lori Pampilo Harris, is quitting.In a letter to Austin City Council on Wednesday, Assistant City Manager Rodney Gonzales said Pampilo Harris is transitioning to a role…

Friday, October 11, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Gov. Abbott threatens state intervention (again) unless Austin reinstates its camping ban

Gov. Greg Abbott doubled down on his threat to intervene over Austin’s homelessness ordinances.Abbott sent a letter to Mayor Steve Adler on Thursday threatening to send in “state agencies and resources,” unless the city reinstates rules banning camping, sitting or…

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Public Safety Commission talks homelessness with APD

Last week brought a new level of scrutiny to the way the city polices individuals experiencing homelessness. The governor declared he would “unleash” state resources if Austin doesn’t address its homelessness issues by Nov. 1. Police Chief Brian Manley suggested…

Friday, October 4, 2019 by Katherine Corley

Council expands pilot program providing employment for homeless

On Thursday City Council authorized $720,000 from the city budget to fund an additional year of the growing Workforce First program, which offers temporary work opportunities and supportive services to individuals experiencing homelessness. The money will be drawn from the…

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Abbott vows to ‘unleash’ state resources if Austin doesn’t change its homelessness rules by Nov. 1

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he’s prepared to “unleash the full authority of every state agency” if Austin doesn’t address issues surrounding homelessness by Nov. 1.In a letter to Mayor Steve Adler, Abbott said Austin’s revision of its homelessness rules…

Friday, September 27, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Adler, others on Council want staff to lead on homelessness; DAA says city at ‘tipping point’

Mayor Steve Adler and City Council members Jimmy Flannigan and Paige Ellis weighed in Wednesday and Thursday with their views that the city manager, leaders from the Austin Police Department and the city’s new homeless strategy officer should determine how…

Friday, September 20, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Austin City Council punts on reinstating rules to limit camping and resting in public

City Council declined today to revise rules passed in June that rolled back ordinances banning camping, sitting or lying down in public. Council members may take up the measures again next month.After months of uncertainty on the part of police,…

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Council members offer revised plan that phases in restrictions on camping or resting in public

City leaders have a new proposal to regulate behavior related to homelessness ahead of a possible City Council vote that could happen as soon as Wednesday.The proposal comes after roughly a week of infighting among Council members. Kathie Tovo and…

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by Jo Clifton

City facing challenges in changing sidewalks

When Stephanie Hayden, director of Austin Public Health, sent out a memo last Friday explaining improvements the city was making to the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, she underlined one sentence: “Please note the sidewalk construction is scheduled to…

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Austin City Council proposes bringing back ban on camping, sitting or lying down in certain areas

City Council members have presented plans to roll back city laws passed in June that effectively allowed camping, sitting or lying down in public. Council members will consider the changes, which limit that behavior at specific locations, at their Sept.…

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Salvation Army seeks funding on top of city dollars to open shelter for families

The Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation has pledged $100,000 to help open a new shelter for homeless families in East Austin, months after the city agreed to a one-time contribution of $1 million.The funding will help cover some of the $4.9…

Monday, September 9, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: (Cont’d)

If forums were homes… South Austin residents concerned about the city’s policies regarding homelessness and plans for opening a housing center in the area are pushing for candid questions and answers at a community meeting scheduled for Tuesday night. The…

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council sets differing expectations for homeless strategy officer

While Lori Pampilo Harris, the city’s newly hired homeless strategy officer, packs her things and prepares for her journey from Orlando to Austin, City Council is making big plans for her first day on the job.The first order of business,…

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Austin City Council could use e-scooter regulations to limit homeless encampments, memo says

City officials released additional guidelines Friday on how to limit homeless encampments in Austin, including spatial limitations on sidewalks and along waterways. The memo from the city manager and the Homeless Strategy Office is meant to guide the Austin City…

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…

Monday, August 19, 2019 by Andrew Weber

City memo says Austin could put limits on where homeless people may camp or rest

Austin will reexamine its new rules governing homelessness, according to a memo released Friday.The memo sent to City Council on behalf of Austin’s Homelessness Strategy Office says the city could abandon its idea to make space for emergency encampments in…

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