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Homeless in Texas

As Texas gets ready to clear some Austin highway encampments, Gov. Abbott and Mayor Adler at odds over homeless residents

The governor's decision to force homeless people from under state overpasses drew the ire of city leaders and homelessness experts, who criticized Abbott's "fear-based approach."

An encampment site under the TX-71 and W. Ben White Blvd. overpass in Austin. Wind has blown belongings and trash across the floor despite the community's efforts to keep the site clean. Seen on Oct. 24, 2019.

Ordinance back-and-forth

“Every time they come through here, they disrupt our whole home. We lose things. And, I lost one of my favorite shoes last time, like not a big deal to you, but I can't go out and buy a new pair.”

— Harvest, a homeless Austin resident

Reality check

Communal clothes are hanged to dry on a fence across the ARCH in Austin on Oct. 29, 2019.

Abbott's expansive intervention options

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Spending spat

“Really, you're killing me because we don't have nowhere to go. I mean, it's affecting me because what are we going to do? Where are we going to stay?”

— Gilbert Jones, a homeless Austin resident

Addressing the problem

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