Austin Needs Homes Not Handcuffs

Read: Sign On Letter to Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Austin City Council in Favor of Repealing Ordinances That Criminalize Homelessness

Read the Report here: Homes Not Handcuffs: How Austin Criminalizes Homelessness

Photos from the April 2, 2018 protest

The three ordinances that specifically target and criminalize Austin’s homeless residents are:

  1. “No camping” (§9.4.11) – People often receive citations under this ordinance for storing personal belongings in public areas, sleeping in a vehicle, or otherwise appearing to be living in a public area.

  2. “No panhandling” (§9.4.13) – In theory this only applies to “aggressive solicitation,” in practice homeless people are cited for ordinary panhandling.

  3. “No sit/lie” (§9.4.14) – This ordinance forbids sitting or lying down in certain areas of downtown Austin. Homeless people are often cited simply for resting outside, even if they are not blocking pedestrian traffic or otherwise causing any harm.

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ADVISORY: Growing Coalition Calls on Next Austin City Council to Stop Criminalizing Homelessness

For immediate release: December 12, 2018
Contact: Chris Harris, charris@grassrootsleadership.org, 512-897-0703

Recent pledges from re-elected council members and a trio of recent reports build momentum for repeal of Austin’s anti-homeless ordinances in 2019

WHAT: Press conference
WHO: Austin DSA, Grassroots Leadership, Gathering Ground Theatre, Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Texas Appleseed, Texas Fair Defense Project, The Challenger, Trinity Center, University United Methodist Church
WHEN:   Thursday, December 13 at 6pm
WHERE: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd St., Austin, Texas Read more about ADVISORY: Growing Coalition Calls on Next Austin City Council to Stop Criminalizing Homelessness

Growing Coalition Calls on Next Austin City Council to Stop Criminalizing Homelessness

WHAT: Press conference

WHO: Austin DSA, Grassroots Leadership, Gathering Ground Theatre, Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Texas Appleseed, Texas Fair Defense Project, The Challenger, Trinity Center, University United Methodist Church

WHEN: Thursday, December 13 at 6pm

WHERE: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd St., Austin, Texas Read more about Growing Coalition Calls on Next Austin City Council to Stop Criminalizing Homelessness