Austin residents vote to ban homeless encampments

Austin residents vote to ban homeless encampments

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.

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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

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