More than half of Austin residents voted Saturday to reinstate a ban on homeless encampments in the city.
Fifty-seven percent of voters in the Texas state capital said they were in favor of reinstating criminal penalties for camping in public spaces via Proposition B, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
The controversial measure was one of eight proposals on the ballot. More than 150,000 Austin residents cast a vote, with 85,830 voting in favor and 64,409 against, according to the paper.
The vote comes after the city’s mayor, Stever Adler, and the city council in July 2019 canceled a more than 20-year-old ordinance that banned camping in public spaces.
Homeless camps sit along the I-35 frontage road in Austin, Texas, on February 17, 2021. Montinique Monroe/Getty Images
The new law will go into effect May 11.
Supporters of the homeless encampment ban hailed Austin voters’ choice.
“Tonight is a clear message the city of Austin sent to City Hall that we’re not going to put up with insane policies