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Homeless in Texas

As Gov. Greg Abbott vows to ban homeless camping in public, Austin officials and unsheltered residents push for better housing access

A year and a half after Austin lifted a local ban on camping in public, some city officials are pushing to turn hotels into housing for people experiencing homelessness. Meanwhile, a state-sanctioned encampment in the city is full and can't accept new residents.

Teddy Maddux sits on his couch inside a tent made out of tarps at a homeless encampment on state-owned land in Austin on Jan…
A constructed tent shelter along a median in Austin on Jan. 15, 2021.
The inside of a shelter in Austin, which includes a wood floor and latching gate. Jan 15, 2021.

The pandemic effect

Clayton Trew underneath the Interstate 35 overpass in Austin on Jan. 15, 2021.

State encampment reaches capacity

The sun sets over the tops of tents at a homeless encampment on state-owned land in Austin on Jan. 18, 2021.

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