Among those who may be feeling less safe in Austin’s current climate are people experiencing homelessness. Earlier this month, a couple was targeted when a lit firework was thrown from a moving vehicle into their tent. The advocacy group Grassroots Leadership posited the violence was a direct result of the heated rhetoric that has surrounded the issue of homelessness since City Council’s June actions. Violence within the homeless community has also been in the local media spotlight in recent weeks.
Petricek said her group still hopes to challenge the city’s decision to purchase the office building, or put enough restrictions on its operations to keep it from creating a setting similar to the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, which is located downtown and attracts hundreds of people gathering outside on a daily basis hoping for assistance and shelter.