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BREAKING: Austin City Council takes steps to decriminalize homelessness, advocates say the fight continues

AUSTIN, TX — The Austin City Council voted early Friday morning in favor of Item 185, ending the criminalization for some unavoidable behaviors associated with extreme poverty and homelessness.

The measure modifies Austin’s ordinances criminalizing sitting and lying down and camping unless the activity endangers the health and safety of the individual or the public.   Read more about BREAKING: Austin City Council takes steps to decriminalize homelessness, advocates say the fight continues

PRESS ADVISORY: Stop criminalizing homelessness: Homes Not Handcuffs coalition to rally at Austin City Hall prior to vote

 

WHAT: Community rally and press conference

WHO:  Homes Not Handcuffs coalition, Council Member Greg Casar and Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison

WHEN:   Thursday, June 20th 2019; 6:00 CST

WHERE: Austin City Hall, outside plaza

Additional Notes: Paid parking available at City Hall Parking Garage

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