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Austin's homeless residents consider Abbott's camp helpful but say his tweets still stigmatize them

As the governor latches on to violent incidents to criticize Austin city leaders, people experiencing homelessness say he's painting them with too broad of a brush.

Tents line up in parking spaces at the former TxDOT facility, now 5 acres of state-sanctioned homeless campsite on Jan. 23, 2020.
Amy T. pushes Pam Reynolds to her camping location on Jan. 23, 2020 at a state-sanctioned homeless camping site in Austin. Amy T. was helping Pam replaced her bedding after it soaked up during a rainstorm.

Life at the camp

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LaShawn Ramsey rides his bike infront of state emergency vehicles while Stephanie Baez's family has lunch at the state-sanctioned homelessness campsite in Austin on Jan. 23, 2020.
A TxDOT facility has been repurposed as a state-sanctioned homeless camping site for Austin residents. Seen on Jan. 23, 2020.

Demonized and targeted

LaShawn Ramsey resides at the state-sanctioned homeless campsite in Austin. Portrait taken on Jan. 23, 2020.

Long-term plan

The state-sanctioned homeless camping site in Austin is located at State Highway 183. Seen on Jan. 23, 2020.

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