Austin Interfaith commends the Mayor and City Council for addressing the negative impact of ordinances that criminalize many of the everyday activities people experiencing homelessness need to do to get by. Austin Interfaith clergy and leaders have long expressed concern about the precarious conditions experienced by people facing homelessness. During the elections last fall, at our accountability session, Austin Interfaith leaders called on the mayor and City Council to change these ordinances.
Passing the proposals last night is a significant step towards achieving that goal.
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Video of Testimony at City Hall
Austin's Police Chief Says New Homeless Laws Will "Fundamentally Change" Enforcement, CBS Austin