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Sun May 2, 2021, 06:42 PM

Austin passes prop B - which will reinstate criminal penalties for camping in public spaces

'People won't have a place to stay': Uncertainty fills homeless communities after Prop B passes

Tony Davis, 55, nursed a cup of coffee while he sat outside his tent Sunday and squinted at others also living under Interstate 35 in downtown Austin, pondering where he would go if he were told to leave.


"I have no idea," he said.

Davis was one of many Austinites experiencing homelessness who found themselves facing that question Sunday, a day after voters decided it will be illegal to camp in the city once again. Proposition B, which will reinstate criminal penalties for camping in public spaces, passed with 57% of the vote, according to unofficial results.

"People won't have a place to stay," Davis said, listening to the Sunday morning Christian praise songs and sermon that volunteers brought to the camp every week.


The majority of homeless people who spoke to the Statesman said they would leave if police told them to.

"No sense getting locked up again," said Maurice Lott, 50, who became homeless after completing a prison sentence for robbery in the Gatesville Correctional Facility last year. Lott said he would prefer to move somewhere that allowed him to continue sleeping in his tent, which was on West Cesar Chavez.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/people-wont-have-a-place-to-stay-uncertainty-fills-homeless-communities-after-prop-b-passes/ar-BB1gi8eR

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Sun May 2, 2021, 06:47 PM

1. The perfect Red State solution to homelessness - just make it illegal

Then brag about how much better you are doing than Blue States.

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Sun May 2, 2021, 10:04 PM

4. Austin is as blue as it gets. This was a local election.

Iím surprised by the result.

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Sun May 2, 2021, 06:59 PM

2. Sigh...another affluent, "progressive" city...

...that can't pull a U-turn fast enough the minute they get confronted with actually having to come face-to-face with Teh Poorz. "But, our property values...!"



(And, lest you think I'm dumping on Texas, Seattle is just about as bad in that regard. We have great concern for the plight of the homeless -- as long as they're considerate enough to stay far, far away from where we might actually have to come into contact with them.)

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Sun May 2, 2021, 07:38 PM

3. Maybe they'll just put all the homeless on the Greyhound and send them to California.

That's been done here and there before. But I thought Austin was the Leftyville of Texas.

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Sun May 2, 2021, 10:08 PM

5. Remember, any criminal charge takes away a person's voting rights in most states.

This is another way they will suppress voting among the poor who are mostly people of color.

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