Austin Allows Homeless Camping on City Streets

Austin, Texas, at sundown
The Austin skyline

As hard as it tries, the City of Austin can’t quite move itself to California, but it can act like it.

The Austin City Council voted to allow camping almost anywhere in the city.  Almost anywhere.  Homeless people can camp under bridges, overpasses, and on the sidewalk in front of your business. However, they are not allowed to camp in city parks or in front of City Hall.

If you detect the scent of hypocrisy, you’re on the right trail.  The council seems to have exempted the spaces for which it would most be held responsible or have to look at.  By exempting parks the council eased the minds of citizens who use the parks and also eliminated cleanup and safety issues.  By exempting City Hall the council removed the homeless from their personal view.

But business owners, that’s another story.  They can’t remove campers or ask them to leave, but will remain responsible for the cleanliness of the sidewalks and area in front of their establishments.

And it doesn’t end there. Camping is now legal in front of your house.  Perhaps the campers will leave your newspaper untouched or not use the lawn as a bathroom, but don’t count on it.

22 Comments

  1. WTF Austin Texas are you kidding me what has happened to Texas I don’t believe it it can’t be true say it isn’t so say it isn’t so tell me you are not that stupid you are willingly and purposely turn your selves into San Francisco what a Shame what a disgrace to the state of Texas and to the people of Texas and all of America I hope people go into public office and throw whoever authorize this should be thrown out Physically removed from their office is by the citizens drug out into the middle of the street and told their job is over they are fired

  2. Please please rise up get together in the middle of the day go into these peoples offices and remove them and publicly evict them from our public buildings and tell them they are fired I cannot believe Texans would stoop down to San Francisco values what a shame

  3. This is not right to be homeless in America. You will pour money out to them bums who just walk over the board like it isn’t anything. You will let Americans live on the street. Texas I thought you was a better state than that. It is all the fault of the Demorats and you can’t let me any different. If you don’t want to work them you shouldn’t be on the streets begging for food. I understand if you are sick or have handicapped but some just are to dam lazy. The young one thinks everything should be free well it don’t work like that. The people who have something has worked hard for what they have. You may find a few who was born with a silver spoon in their mouth but must don’t. Take some pride in yourself and in the great country you live in and be thankful you have a choice to be free.

    • Sorry for the few mistake I made but I just get so mad when I think of how the Demorats and some Rhinos has tried to wreck this great country. The people who want to take GOD out of everything thing you are the biggest fools of all. That is why we have all these school shooting you took GOD out of the schools. If you don’t love God and have him in your life that is ok with me but one day you will wish you had had him in your life Amen.

  4. What the heck is wrong with our community leaders? Stand up for the people that voted you in not some illegal that wants freebies. Work with the President and stop the illegals from coming in and get rid of the ones who made it in. Allow no one that crossed illegally into the United States immediate asylum. Return all of them to their original countries and make them file the paper work for proper entrance to this great Nation.

    • Too many democrats are no longer DEMOCRATS. JUST WATCH SOME OF THESE DIZZY MALE/FEMALE AND PERVERTS trying to get nominated for the presidency! IT IS SICKENING. THEN ADD THE RONO’S TO THE GROUP OF FRUITS AND NUTS AND WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF A CIVIL WAR!! I was on the communist border from 1958-1960 when KRUSCHEV admitted he could not whip us in battle but COULD AND WOULD TAKE THE USA THROUGH OUR GOVERNMENT!! NOW, HE’S BEING SHOWN TO BE CORRECT. WAKE UP AMERICA WERE THE ENEMY IS GAINING GROUND DAILY.

  5. This is what happens when city or local council elections are ignored by the majority of our citizens. Slime and dirtballs get elected and IMPOSE their radical beliefs on you. No one pays attention to their local elections until this type of law is made. Hypocrisy is when they eliminated city hall, city parks and any city property from these so called campers.Wouldn’t a city park be an ideal camp site for these underprivileged homeless people (sarcasm) ? camp on the mayor’s front lawn, camp on every member of the city councils home. Show them how wonderful this new law is. I grew up in a big city, these people were called “bums” then, they still are bums, but these councils seem to think their new laws will cause many problems to business’ and home owners. The entire city property is exempted from this law, this is a disgrace to all American people. These unfortunate people are the new slaves but are owned by the local, city or state governments. They are an army directed to create stress and fear amongst the civil population of our country. Wake up America, these laws are only another attack on our free country and private property. Vote in your local elections, these slime would never get elected

  6. Hopefully but doubtful these idiots that voted this in have to live amongst this garbage. If I lived there I’d shovel it up and throw it in front of their homes or better yet in their cars.

  7. Question: Now that tent camping is allowed on public property in Austin can I bring my 32’ TT and camp there also?

    We really need to petition the city to install 50 amp circuits and dump stations. Pull through sites would be really nice if they would.

  8. Zoning laws prohibit the use of non habitable buildings and areas (offices, storage facilities, too many to a bedroom, garages, industrial buildings, etc) to be used for habitation due to health code violations. These need to be enforced. If they can’t provide sanitary conditions, (Port-a-potties, running water, bathing facilities and cooking facilities), those areas are off limits by law. They need to build housing for these people and find work or institutions for mentally disabled or challenged and job opportunities. If the are drug addicts, mandatory help or incarceration until they have kicked the habit. This era of the “Snowflake” is absolutely insane and contrary to a civilized society. We need to get back to what has worked in the past. Otherwise, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego style diseases are sure to visit – especially with the heat!

  9. Austin, Texas and this is allowed to happen who has allowed this to come into Texas the college professors that have been allowed to teach in this city? Beware on now see San Fran and LA and this is what you the residents want there? Honestly. WHY? Let these people go and stay in the homes and the yards of the politicians who have created this mess. I love when I travel to Texas have a son in Dallas this now makes me sad on what is so wrong per they are not California a total real disaster and millions leaving quickly.

  10. I live in Texas, and this is news to me, I can’t believe Governor Abbott is allowing this to happen, this is rediculous, he must know it, if not before, he should know it now, and if he doesn’t do something to stop it, he certainly won’t be Governor after elections in 2020, or at least I won’t vote for him

  11. I live in San Antonio and have for more than 40 years. I have never heard of such a thing going on in Austin. I do not believe any of this and I am pretty sure someone is behind this and I trying to stir up trouble. My Nephew and lots of our friends live there and we have never heard of this.
    I think they are getting confused with California, that’s where this is allowed.

  12. George Orwells 1984 is actually coming in 2024 now. We are in an American Civil war again….the sadistic liberals against the conservative common sense patriotic Americans, which seems hopeless. There is too many of them and they are too mentally ill.
    I hear Equidor is a nice place to live these days……
    Vietnam Era Vet…wondering what the hell we fought for…

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