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Homeless in Texas

"They're just pushing us away": Austin residents talk about homeless life amid Gov. Abbott's criticism of city ordinances

Homeless residents in the state's capital took varied paths to end up without shelter. And some who have found homes still return to homeless encampments to check in on friends.

Tents found in front of the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) on Oct. 29, 2019. The residents have to make sure their tents are in “safe camping sites,” though many aren’t sure what it mean.
Bill Taban, a South Sudanese immigrant, was displaced from his country 19 years ago due to a Sudanese Civil War. He says aging in the streets is the most challenging aspect of homelessness. This portrait was taken on Oct. 23, 2019.

Bill Taban

"Black", left, and his wife Jolie Fifer, right, are hopeful that they will have their big break coming up. Through the aid of Austin’s Ending Community Homelessness Coalition, Fifer has found residency and a job interview lined up the day this photo was taken, Oct. 23, 2019.

Jolie Fifer

Herman Rux, left, had been homeless in the late 1980s but now visits encampment sites to visit friends such as Harvest, right who lives under the TX-71 and W. Ben White Blvd. overpass. This portrait was taken on Oct. 24, 2019.


Forty year-old Harold Hicks, left, visits Austin residents experiencing homelessness with his wife, Gypsy. He owned a home and multiple cars, but his finance fell through when he couldn't prove his identity for a job opportunity and became homeless for 3-4 months.

Harold Hicks

Gilbert Jones, left, and Crystal Brimm, right, share an intimate moment in their tent on Oct. 24, 2019 located under the TX-71 and W. Ben White Blvd. overpass.

Gilbert Jones

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